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Judge finds probable cause in State vs. Cole


SPARTA, Wisconsin (WXOW)-- Tammy Cole is charged with first degree intentional homicide in connection with the death of 53 year old Vance Evans.

Authorities found Evans body in his Tomah home on  April 27th  and an autopsy determined the cause of death is from a single gunshot wound.

On Tuesday, a Monroe County judge determined probable cause exists in the case verse Cole.

The state called four witnesses to the stand, including Cole's sister Cindy Sturm.

"We presented ample evidence that shows that Cole probably committed the crimes she is charged with. Clearly, by the time the matter gets to trail, there is considerably more evidence that has to be presented and the investigation still goes on from this point forward," said Monroe County District Attorney, Daniel Cary.

The state also presents circumstantial evidence against Cole in regard to attempted arson of a building.

According to District Attorney Cary,  Evan's home was full of natural gas at the time Mary Mclain arrived and found Evan's dead in his home and Tomah investigators also found a candle burning in an upstairs room of the residents.

The next hearing is arraignment and that is when Cole will hear the formal charges against her. It is scheduled for July 22nd at one in the afternoon.


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