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Murder suspect requests trial delayed

Fall Creek man accused of shooting sister, her boyfriend and hiding corpses

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The Fall Creek man accused of fatally shooting his sister and her boyfriend last fall and then burying their bodies on his property is asking to have his jury trial delayed until 2019.

Wayne W. Price, 47, 800 S. Rockie Road, filed a motion this month in Eau Claire County Court seeking a delay in the trial for evidentiary reasons.

Price is charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, two counts of hiding a corpse and one count of second-degree recklessly endangering safety.

Price’s trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 1 and is expected to last at least two weeks.

Judge Emily Long, who replaced Judge William Gabler, has been assigned to preside over the case. Gabler retired on July 31.

A motion hearing on the requested trial delay will be Aug. 31.

In her motion, public defender Laurie Osberg cited four reasons why Price’s trial should be delayed:

• All the prosecution’s evidence in the case is not yet complete. Important evidence was provided in late June, which includes a ballistics report, and evidence from September and subsequent interviews, which contain statements prosecutors may claim are admissions by Price, have required further investigation.

• The defense had requested additional specific information and photos regarding the ballistics examination and was told that this additional evidence is not available and that the defense and any of its expert witnesses would have to physically review the evidence in Madison.

• The defense expects to soon file a Daubert motion, which asks the judge to exclude the presentation of unqualified evidence to the jury.

•  There is evidence concerning phone records, text messages and related digital evidence that will need additional research by the defense.

Because of these reasons, Osberg said, the defense will not be prepared for an Oct. 1 trial.

Price remains in the Eau Claire County Jail on a $1 million cash bail.

According to the criminal complaint:

On Sept. 30, authorities had searched Price’s property, and a silver Cadillac was found in a wooded area off a trail. Blood was on both front seats, and blood spatter was on the inside of the driver’s side.

The bodies of Price’s sister Elizabeth “Lisa” A. Price and her boyfriend, David R. Dishneau, were found in a shallow grave just north of the vehicle on Wayne Price’s property, located near Beaver Creek in an isolated rural area about four miles east of Beaver Creek Reserve in eastern Eau Claire County.

The shootings of Lisa Price and Dishneau were believed to have occurred around Sept. 23 in a Cadillac owned by Price’s employer.

Wayne Price was taken into custody Sept. 29 in the parking lot of the Fall Creek fire station after he confessed to a man that he got involved in a drug deal and did something “really stupid.” Price told the man he shot two people and would be going to prison.

Earlier in the day, the man told law enforcement that Price had called him, told him he needed to get to Price’s house with a gun and said his life had been threatened. Price, at the time, was on his way back from the Tomah area in his semitrailer truck.

Unable to leave work and go to Price’s home, the man said he thought he should call law enforcement.

Following Price’s arrest, law enforcement officers found a container that tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine in the semi he had been driving.

An autopsy conducted Oct. 2 in Madison showed Lisa Price was shot once in the head and also had an injury on the top of her head that was consistent with blunt force trauma. Dishneau was shot twice in the head and once in the neck.

Contact: 715-833-9207, dan.holtz@ecpc.com


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