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Arraignment set for Iron River man accused of fatally stabbing parents

By KBJR News 1

Arraignment set for Iron River man accused of fatally stabbing parents

April 25, 2014 Updated Apr 25, 2014 at 7:19 PM CDT

Washburn, Wis. (NNCNOW.com) -- An Iron River, Wis. man accused of stabbing his parents appeared in Bayfield County Court on Friday.

A preliminary hearing for 44-year-old James Crain Jr. was set for Friday, but he waived his right to that hearing.

A preliminary hearing gives the state the opportunity to present any evidence through witnesses or documents that would convince the judge that a crime was committed.

Crain has been charged with first degree intentional homicide in the stabbing deaths of his parents, Jim and Eunice Crain in December.

He was put through a battery of mental health tests and an expert determined him to be competent to stand trial and participate in his defense.

Crain is also being charged with battery of a peace officer and failure to comply with a police officer.

He will be arraigned on May 6, at the Bayfield County Court House.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.
kanderson@kbjr.com