LaRock’s new trial for attempted homicide Aug. 12

Defense issues demand for speedy trial, asks for no further delays
By: 
Lee Pulaski
City Editor

Royce LaRock’s new trial date will be Aug. 12 as he faces a charge of attempted homicide and other charges relating to an April 2023 crime.

During a status conference June 5, it was confirmed that the date, set in early March, would work as planned. A final pre-trial hearing is scheduled for Aug. 6.

“The trial date in August is the second trial date we’ve had,” said Carly Krueger, LaRock’s attorney. “We’re just trying to ensure that there aren’t any more delays in that trial.”

LaRock faces one count each of attempted first-degree intentional homicide with the use of a dangerous weapon, one count of aggravated battery with a dangerous weapon, disorderly conduct and resisting or obstructing an officer.

Originally, LaRock was scheduled to stand trial Feb. 26 in Shawano County Courthouse Branch II. However, that jury trial was adjourned on a joint motion between the district attorney’s office and the defense. According to online court records, Krueger received additional discovery the day of a final pre-trial conference Feb. 22 and needed time to review the evidence.

On March 20, a status conference was held, at which time Assistant District Attorney Lisa Rowe asked for a new trial date because a prosecution witness would be unavailable. Krueger said she was very resistant to extending the trial date to October. Shawano-Menominee County Circuit Court Judge William Kussel denied the request to continue and requested any further motions to be in writing.

According to court records, a demand for a speedy trial was submitted May 17.

According to the criminal complaint, Shawano police officers were dispatched April 25, 2023, to Acorn Street for a reported stabbing. When officers arrived, a victim was allegedly laying at a neighbor’s front step with a stab wound to the stomach area, with intestinal protrusion from a stab wound. The victim allegedly said LaRock was the person who had stabbed him.

Law enforcement located LaRock about 30 minutes later on Richmond Street, where he allegedly told officers that he did not recall fighting with the victim but admitted to drinking alcohol beforehand. The knife of the alleged crime was found in the front yard of the residence.

When searching the scene, law enforcement allegedly saw blood in the kitchen, on the inside of a screen door, on the driveway and also saw a trail of blood leading to the neighbor’s residence.

When interviewing LaRock, he allegedly had cuts and scrapes on his body that were consistent with running through the woods and being scraped by branches and bushes. LaRock allegedly told law enforcement that nothing had happened and that he was dropping the victim off at the residence and left. LaRock allegedly told law enforcement that he had anger issues but stated that he did not have a fight with the victim.

If convicted, LaRock faces up to 60 years in prison for attempted first-degree intentional homicide, $50,000 in fines and 15 years for aggravated battery, $10,000 and nine months for resisting or obstructing an officer and $1,000 and 90 days for disorderly conduct.

LaRock is currently being held in the Shawano County Jail on a $500,000 bond.

lpulaski@newmedia-wi.com