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Judge agrees to suppress some of Armin Wand's interrogation during trial


LAFAYETTE COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - If Armin Wand goes on trial, his jury will not hear some of what he told police during three days of questioning.

Wand is the Argyle man accused of killing three of his kids and an unborn child last September by burning the family’s house down.

Wednesday, Judge Thomas Vale agreed to suppress some of what Wand told police on the second day of the interrogation.

The judge said the statements were not voluntary, because detectives promised leniency if he cooperated. But attorneys on both sides say it might not have any effect on the possible verdict.

Wand is scheduled to go on trial a week from Thursday in Lafayette County – and his jury would be picked in Marathon County due to heavy pre-trial publicity about the case in southern Wisconsin.

Prosecutors said Wand wanted to get insurance money from the fire so he could start a new life. His younger brother Jeremy is also charged in the incident. Wand’s wife Sharon filed for divorce in January. The next court hearing in that case is set for Friday.