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Man charged with murdering friend in St. Louis County shooting

Thomas Allen Micklewright Photo: St. Louis County Jail
Thomas Allen Micklewright

Updated: November 14, 2019 09:28 PM

A formal murder charge has been filed against a man who allegedly shot and killed his friend early Saturday morning on the Fond du Lac Reservation.

Thomas Allen Micklewright, 44, of Brevator Township, was charged with second-degree murder on Thursday, according to reporting from WDIO. According to a criminal complaint, Micklewright and his wife had been hosting James Arthur Couture, 65, and his wife at their home on Brevator Road.

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The complaint states that Micklewright's wife called 911 around 5 a.m. and that Micklewright then spoke to the dispatcher and allegedly admitted to shooting Couture with a handgun, but did not say why.

Couture was found dead at the home, and a medical examiner ruled his death as a homicide.

Both couples had been consuming alcohol prior to the shooting, according to the complaint.

Micklewright was arraigned on Thursday, and his bail was set at $125,000. His next court appearance is set for Dec. 3.

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