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Murder Charge Filed in Brevator Twp. Death

Updated: November 14, 2019 09:20 PM

Prosecutors have filed a formal charge against a man accused of shooting a friend early Saturday morning in his southern St. Louis County home.

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Forty-four-year-old Thomas Allen Micklewright was charged with second-degree murder on Thursday.  According to a criminal complaint, Micklewright and his wife had been hosting 65-year-old James Arthur Couture and his wife at their home on Brevator Road in Brevator Township, which is on the Fond du Lac Reservation.

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The complaint says that Mickelwright's wife called 911 at about 5 a.m. and that Micklewright then spoke to the dispatcher, allegedly admitting that he shot Couture.  Micklewright allegedly told the dispatcher that he intentionally shot the victim with a pistol but did not articulate the reason for the shooting.

Law enforcement authorities found Couture dead in Micklewright's kitchen.  A medical examiner ruled his death to be a homicide.

The complaint says both couples had been consuming alcohol prior to the shooting.  A breath test conducted on Mickelson at 11 a.m., six hours after the 911 call, found a blood alcohol concentration of 0.20.

According to online court records, Mickelwright made his initial court appearance on Thursday and bail was set at $125,000.  Another hearing in the case is set for Dec. 3.

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