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    47-year-old Wausau man pleads guilty to 2021 homicide

    By Karen Madden, Wausau Daily Herald,


    WAUSAU − A 47-year-old Wausau man pleaded guilty Friday to shooting a man who was sitting in a vehicle on Fifth Avenue in 2021.

    Michael L. Turner was scheduled to start his trial Monday for first-degree intentional homicide and possession of a firearm as a convicted felon. Instead, he pleaded guilty to the two charges on Friday. Marathon County Circuit Judge Suzanne O'Neill scheduled sentencing for May 28.

    According to the criminal complaint, at 8:45 a.m. May 15, a caller reported a shooting at South Fifth Avenue and West Thomas Street. The victim was parked on the road in the 1000 block of Fifth Avenue when a man drove up, got out of his vehicle and shot the victim as he sat in his car, according to police.

    The victim drove to a business at South Third Avenue and West Thomas Street and asked for help, according to police. The victim was sitting in his car when officers arrived, and he told the officers Turner shot him, according to the criminal complaint.

    The victim raised his shirt and showed officers a gunshot wound in his mid section, according to the complaint, and the officers found a second wound in his chest. Paramedics arrived on scene, took over helping the victim and took him to Aspirus Wausau Hospital where he later died, according to the complaint.

    Two women told police they were walking on West Thomas Street when they heard a "popping sound," according to the complaint. They saw a man in a green Pontiac parked on the street and a man outside an SUV parked in the opposite direction. The women said they saw the man standing outside the SUV fire into the open driver's side window of the car, according to the complaint.

    Police searched Turner's home and found items related to selling marijuana, according to the complaint. A woman who also lived in the home told police that Turner carried a handgun, according to the complaint. Police found Turner's vehicle at about 10 a.m. May 15, 2021, in Marquette County. An officer arrested Turner and took him to the Marathon County Jail.

    Turner previously pleaded guilty to marijuana possession as a subsequent offender and drug paraphernalia possession. As part of the plea agreement, an unrelated charge of battery by a prisoner was dismissed but will be considered during sentencing.

    Contact Karen Madden at 715-345-2245 or Follow her on Twitter @KMadden715, Instagram @kmadden715 or Facebook at

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