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Sheriff explains jailing of triple homicide suspect

Published On: May 02 2013 01:10:04 PM CDT
Updated On: May 02 2013 01:10:36 PM CDT
Jaren M. Kuester

Jaren M. Kuester

DARLINGTON, Wis. -

The Lafayette County Sheriff is offering an explanation for the jailing of a suspect in a triple homicide case without a court hearing.

Sheriff Scott Pedley said Jaren Kuester, 31, is being held on tentative charges of theft, burglary, and three charges of homicide. He's a suspect in the deaths of Gary Thoreson, 70, Chloe Thoreson, 66, and Dean Thoreson, 76 who were found dead in a home on Philippine Drive in the town of Wiota on Sunday.

Pedley said a judicial probable cause determination was signed by a judge on Tuesday and ordered the probable cause statement sealed for at least 60 days.

"Preventing the interference with the ongoing investigation outweighs the public interest in disclosure of the information contained in these critical documents, at this time," Pedley wrote in a statement.

Search warrants issued during this investigation have also been ordered sealed, according to Pedley. He said sealing the documents is necessary in order to effectively investigate and prosecute criminal cases.

Kuester was booked in the Waukesha County Jail on Thursday before the three victims were found dead. According to jail records, there was a warrant out for his arrest for resisting and obstructing and officer. Kuester paid a $303 bail and jail officials let him go.

The connection between the suspect and the three family members found dead in Lafayette County is still unclear. Investigators say the victims didn’t know their alleged assailant.

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