Ashland teen accused of murder appears in court

By KBJR News 1

May 5, 2014 Updated May 5, 2014 at 5:40 PM CST

Ashland, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- A teenager accused of killing his custodial father in Ashland made his first appearance in court today.

14-year-old Joseph Ackley is accused of shooting and stabbing 52-year-old William Saari.

It was a very somber mood as a violent altercation was described.

Only one witness testified.
Ashland Investigator Scott Moreland was on the scene the day of the murder and also obtained a statement from Joseph Ackley two days after the incident.

Moreland says that Ackley told him the teenager intended to kill both of his parents after arriving home from juvenile detention center.
He said the teen was upset because the court ordered him not to leave the home.
Moreland says Ackley described getting a 22 rifle out of his parent's bedroom and waiting near the bathroom door where he shot William Saari in the cheek.

'William got up and ran down the hallway yelling at him 'You shot me! You shot me!' Joseph said he went into his room, William followed him and there was a brief struggle. Joseph said he shot two more times at his father" said Ashland Investigator, Scott Moreland.

Moreland says that after that, a knife got involved and Ackley stabbed Saari. The investigator also said Ackley told him he shot at and narrowly missed the victim's wife, Carol Saari.

According to today's testimony William Saari then ran outside and Ackley followed where he then exchanged fire with a female officer.
Investigator Moreland says Ackley went back into the house and shot himself in the stomach after realizing he was surrounded.

The defense asked the judge to drop the charges of first degree attempted homicide which Ackley faces for allegedly shooting at Carol Saari and the officer on the scene. His Defense attorney argued that the court did not have probable cause.
The judge disagreed, and denied the request. Ackley will appear in court again on June 11