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Castle Doctrine issue raised in fatal stabbing

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Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2013 10:15 am

The attorney for the Eau Claire man accused of fatally stabbing one of five males who intruded at his birthday party last fall wants an evidentiary hearing to determine whether the Castle Doctrine can be applied to this case.

Public defender Laurie Osberg told Eau Claire County Judge Jon Theisen Thursday that she is still receiving police reports in the case and needs time to review all the materials.

Osberg entered a not guilty plea Thursday on behalf of her client, Doua Vang, 20, of Eau Claire.

Vang is charged with a felony count of first-degree intentional homicide.

Vang returns to court May 23, when it will be determined whether a motion hearing is to be scheduled on the Castle Doctrine argument and other issues.

The Castle Doctrine law designates a person’s residence as a place in which the person has certain protections and immunities and may, in certain circumstances, use force to defend against an intruder without becoming liable to prosecution.

Police say four men and the victim, Bobbie Y. Vue, 17, of Eau Claire, intruded on the party Oct. 21, which led to an altercation.