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Charges filed in triple-homicide

Jaren Kuester
Jaren Kuester

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Jaren Kuester, the man accused of killing three Lafayette County residents, was charged yesterday. Prosecutors filed three counts of first-degree intentional homicide and related counts of burglary and vehicle theft. The 31-year-old Kuester is due in court Friday, after a $4-million bond was set last week.

He was raised in Waukesha, and his last known address was Milwaukee. Kuester was bailed out of jail on April 26th, the day after he reportedly made threats at a Waukesha animal shelter over his dead dog.

Officials said Kuester drove to Green County – and he thought he was being followed when he took off his clothes, ran through the woods, and broke into an empty farmhouse. Prosecutors said Dean Thoreson was watching the farmhouse while Gary and Chloe Thoreson were visiting relatives in California. When Dean entered the house on April 27th, he was hit-and-killed with a fireplace poker. That night, Gary and Chloe returned home and were killed in a similar manner. Officials said Kuester then stole Dean Thoreson’s pickup truck and drove it to Waukesha, where his father said he was in a confused state when he said he hurt three people. Police saw the truck and arrested Kuester the next day.

His family said he was being treated for mental health matters. His father Jim told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Jaren thought demons were following him – and he talked as if his dog was still alive, even though the pet was killed by a car in early April.

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