Hmong wars

Seems like the Hmong wars continue in Wisconsin. Previous skirmishes.

Suspect detained in slaying of hunter Wisconsin authorities Monday ruled the death of a Hmong hunter a homicide but said they did not know if it was a hate crime.

Cha Vang, 30, a Green Bay father of five, was found dead Saturday in a water fowl area in northeast Wisconsin known as prime hunting grounds for small prey. His body was covered with leaves and timber. He was shot, family friends said.

Marinette County Sheriff James Kanikula said at a Monday news conference that the murder weapon was recovered and a suspect--James Nichols, 28, of Peshtigo, Wis.--was being held on a parole violation.

Charges could be filed this week, Kanikula said. Saying investigators had built “a compelling case,” he said the homicide came after “an accidental meeting” between the two men. Investigators would not say what may have happened.

“The person in custody we believe is the responsible person to be talking to at this time in Vang's death,” the sheriff said of Nichols, a convicted burglar. Asked if Nichols confessed, Kanikula said he “has been cooperative up to this point.”

“We are in possession of the weapon or weapons involved,” Kanikula said.

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