Murder Suspect Denied Bail at Initial Appearance

By KBJR News 1

May 31, 2013 Updated May 31, 2013 at 6:08 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com)-- A man charged with first degree homicide will not get out of jail anytime soon. A Douglas County judge denied bail to 41-year-old Juan Padilla.

Attorneys allege Padilla shot 46-year-old Terrance Luukkonen in the head in Superior in May.

In court Friday, Douglas County District Attorney Dan Blank successfully argued that Padilla has no ties to the Twin-Ports community, and because of the serious nature of the charge against him, bail should not be an option.

Padilla's attorney, Patrick O'Neill said the bail recommendation was unreasonable because, according to him, some the evidence against his client is circumstantial.

He also added that Padilla's time spent in the military and in law enforcement makes him more likely to show up to his next court appearance.

The judge did side with District Attorney Blank's argument and Padilla was remanded into custody. Blank says the state's case against Padilla is strong.

"Investigators have done a great job," said Blank. "We're in great shape; it's a very strong case but nothing is black and white, nothing is open and shut in the court system/ There's humans involved but the fact situation, the timing, the collection of evidence, it's all piecing together pretty strongly against Mr. Padilla."

Padilla is also forbidden from contacting the woman that police say, was part of a love triangle that sparked this terrible incident.

A criminal complaint says Padilla became angry when the woman broke off their relationship a month ago in favor of Luukkonen telling her that "I want to kill him."

Padilla is scheduled to appear again on June 19th for a preliminary hearing.

Zach Vavricka

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