Charges: Wisconsin man kills roommate with crossbow, butcher knife

January 08, 2019 11:04 PM

A Menomonie, Wisconsin man has been charged after authorities say he shot his roommate with a crossbow. 

A criminal complaint states Richard Seehaver faces one count of first-degree intentional homicide. 


The complaint said authorities were called on Dec. 30 to a home in Menomonie on the report of an altercation. 

According to the complaint, authorities knew John Likeness and Seehaver lived at the home.

When an officer passed the window of the home, he saw Likeness sitting in a chair. The complaint said the officer saw Seehaver with his arms wrapped around Likeness' neck. When the officer walked back to the window, he saw an item sticking out of Likeness' chest, the complaint said. 

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When Seehaver exited the residence, he was taken into custody. Officers entered the home and located Likeness, who had a crossbow bolt sticking out of his chest and a large wound to the neck and jaw, the complaint said. Likeness was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Seehaver was interviewed at the jail. According to the complaint, Seehaver, "spoke about alien beings and not being the devil."

The complaint said Seehaver also told investigators, "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. The Defendant explained that to get into the upper echelon, he had to make a choice." 

During the interview, Seehaver said he felt sorry for what he had done to Likeness. When investigators asked what he had done, Seehaver said he had "put him out of his misery" and that he "shot him," according to the complaint. 

The complaint said Seehaver also told investigators he cut Likeness' throat with a butcher knife. 

Seehaver told authorities he had smoked meth the day before the incident, the complaint said. 

According to the complaint, after the interview, a deputy at the jail heard Seehaver make comments about shooting someone with a crossbow. The complaint said he went on to say he cut the person's throat. 

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