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Alleged Rusk Co. killer makes first appearance in court


Chippewa County (WQOW) -
The man charged with murder in Rusk County made his first court appearance Tuesday.

Preston Kraft is accused of pointing a gun in the air and firing it, while threatening to kill Robert Pettit at a home in the Chippewa County town of Ruby.  

Twenty-one days later, Kraft allegedly shot and killed Pettit at a home near Conrath.

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Kraft was in Chippewa County Court Tuesday on charges of endangering safety, disorderly conduct and bail jumping.

Prosecutors asked that bond be set, given the seriousness of the charges. The judge set bond at $2,000, even though Kraft is already being held on a $250,000 cash bond in Rusk County.

He'll return to Rusk County Court in August, and Chippewa County Court in September.  

Chippewa County (WQOW) - New charges filed in Chippewa County shed new light on the Rusk County murder of Robert Pettit. 

As News 18 reported, Pettit was killed on May 18 from a gunshot wound to the head. Preston Kraft is charged with his murder. 

Related Story: Preston Kraft captured

Now, he's also charged in Chippewa County for threatening Pettit 21 days before his death.

According to the criminal complaint, Pettit told police he went to the home of Ralph Kraft, Preston's dad, in the town of Ruby to get some paperwork. The senior Kraft was in the Rusk County Jail at the time. 

When Pettit got there, Preston Kraft allegedly fired a gun into the air and said, "If you come any closer I am going to kill you."

Kraft then ran into the woods and police weren't able to find him. They did find, however, an empty gun case and a shell casing. 

Pettit told police he believed Kraft displayed a 9 m.m.handgun - that's the same type of shell casings found the following month at the murder scene. 

Kraft is being held on a $250,000 bond in Rusk County. 

He's scheduled to return to court in August in Rusk County. For the Chippewa County charges, he's scheduled to appear in court Tuesday. 

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