Apple River stabbing suspect hires Rittenhouse defense attorney
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The attorneys for the man who has been charged in connection with a fatal stabbing in Wisconsin this past weekend appeared in court Friday.
Nicolae Miu, 52, of Prior Lake, is charged with one count of first-degree intentional homicide and four counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide.
The hearing Friday revealed Miu has retained defense attorney Corey Chirafisi. Chirafisi also defended Kyle Rittenhouse during Rittenhouse’s trial in Wisconsin last year.
Miu is accused of stabbing five people who were tubing on the river Saturday, including 17-year-old Isaac Schuman of Stillwater, who died after the stabbing on the Apple River.
A portion of the criminal complaint states that during an interview, Miu told an investigator he had a snorkel and was looking for a cellphone lost in the river.
While he was reportedly searching for that phone, a confrontation involving Miu and a different group of people tubing on the river ensued.
Miu told investigators his response in the confrontation “was self-defense” and that he couldn’t recall all of what happened, stating he was “‘so fearful’ for his safety.”
In a hearing Monday afternoon, a prosecutor described video of the incident on the river, telling the court, “there is a partial video of this attack on these victims, it does appear to be violent in nature.”
A judge has set Miu’s bail at $1 million.
Miu has a preliminary hearing set for Aug. 12.