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Man accused in deadly Girl Scout crash pushes to move trial out of Chippewa County

Chippewa County (WQOW) — The man accused of killing three Girl Scouts and a mom in a Chippewa County crash has requested to move his trial somewhere else.

Colten Treu is charged with 10 felonies, including four counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle.

Court records show Treu’s attorneys believe the media coverage has impacted his ability to get a fair trial.

You may remember News 18 reported on a heart-wrenching victim impact statement from Judy Schneider.

Her daughter Sara Schneider and granddaughter Haylee Hickle were killed while picking up trash, when Treu ran off the road, according to police.

Schneider said, “My house was full of love, noise, and the people I love, now my daughter and granddaughter are gone, and my grandson is in Illinois with his father, my house is a shell.”

Treu’s attorneys said that statement should’ve been sealed, and because it was public and reported in the media, it’ll be tough to get an impartial jury.

His legal team also included other media coverage, they said could impact his chances of a fair trial.

District Attorney Wade Newell wants the trial to stay in Chippewa County, but if they can’t find an impartial jury at home, they could select jurors from another county.

It’s unclear when a judge could rule on the motion to move the trial.

Treu is scheduled to be back in court this Friday.  That will be his first opportunity to enter a plea.

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