Evan Oungst, 28, pleaded not guilty
Written by Jesse Baroka on January 23, 2019
An Arbor Vitae man facing more than a dozen new felony charges related to the Wayne Valliere Jr. homicide pleaded not guilty to those counts on Tuesday. Prosecutors charged Evan Oungst, 28, with nine counts of harboring or aiding a felon and five counts of giving out illegal drugs in Iron County Court on Oct. 5. He was first charged with first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse felonies in Iron County in Feb. 2018. That case is still active. Oungst also faces a count of harboring or aiding a felon in Vilas County. According to online court records, Oungst’s attorney on Tuesday noted the defense’s challenge of one of the harboring or aiding a felon counts. Meanwhile, special prosecutors from the state’s Attorney General Office who are handling the case said they plan to file a motion to combine the two Iron County cases into one for trial. Judge Kevin Klein gave prosecutors 30 days to file that motion. Oungst’s attorney plans to object to the request. Oungst is free on a $20,000 signature bond in this case and a $25,000 cash bond in the homicide case. A future court date has not yet been set. In August, an Iron County jury convicted Joseph Lussier and Richard Allen of killing Valliere and dumping his body in the woods. James Lussier has a sentencing hearing set for Jan. 30 after reaching a plea deal that reduced his charges. Curtis Wolfe has a jury trial set for May.