A Menomonie man accused of killing his roommate told police he “put him out of his misery” by shooting him with a crossbow and slitting his neck.
The roommate was 54-year-old John M. Likeness.
Richard W. Seehaver, 52, 603 15th St. South, was charged Tuesday in Dunn County Court with a felony count of first-degree intentional homicide.
Seehaver, who is being held on a $200,000 cash bail, returns to court at 8 a.m. Monday for a preliminary hearing.
According to the criminal complaint:
Menomonie police received a 911 call at 3:18 p.m. Dec. 30 from an unknown male reporting an altercation at the residence shared by Seehaver and Likeness.
There was a male yelling, and it sounded like there was a physical altercation.
An officer arrived and through a window saw Likeness sitting in a chair. Seehaver had his arms wrapped around Likeness’ neck. The officer didn’t see any signs of struggling.
Seehaver exited the residence and was immediately detained. He had a large amount of blood on his clothing with the highest concentration on his left thigh and abdomen.
Officers entered the residence to find a deceased Likeness with an arrow sticking out of his chest and blood all over his body.
There was also a large wound on Likeness’ jaw and neck area. A large knife was located on a blanket on the floor next to the chair Likeness was in.
During an interview Dec. 31 at the Dunn County Jail, Seehaver said he lived with Likeness in Menomonie for the past several months.
Seehaver spoke about alien beings and not being the devil.
He said for the past 52 years he had been reared for his role in an evil organization to take part in the “upper echelon” of troopers.
To get into the upper echelon, Seehaver said, he had to make a choice.
When asked what happened to Likeness, Seehaver said he felt sorry for him and “put him out of his misery.”
Seehaver said he shot Likeness with a crossbow while Likeness was sitting in a chair.
Seehaver said Likeness didn’t die right away, so he cut Likeness’ throat while the police were knocking on the door.
He said he wanted Likeness to die as quickly and painlessly as possible.
Seehaver said he knew it wasn’t right to kill people but felt justice was done and that Likeness was taken out of his misery.
Seehaver said he smoked methamphetamine the day before the homicide.
An autopsy conducted by the Ramsey County (Minn.) medical examiner’s office showed that Likeness sustained a crossbow wound to the left side of his chest and three sharp force injuries to the neck.
Seehaver is being prosecuted as a repeat offender. He was convicted of a felony count of possession of an electric weapon in February 2016 in Sawyer County.