BLACK RIVER FALLS, WI (WXOW)—A court appearance Thursday for the man charged in connection with a June 9th shooting death in Black River Falls.
A judge set a $500,000 cash bond for 36-year-old Michael Harmon.
The Assistant District Attorney Melissa Inlow said considering Harmon's violent history, the high cash bond is appropriate.
"The department of corrections has a revocation hold on Mr. Harmon because he is currently on felony supervision," Inlow said. "$500,000 is probably more than Mr. Harmon can post had he not been on supervision and the no contacts are in place to ensure the integrity of the case."
He is charged with first degree intentional homicide as a repeater in the death of Angela Nelson.
Authorities discovered Nelson's body in the apartment she shared with Harmon.
The criminal complaint said Harmon told investigators the shooting was the result of a gun misfiring.
Harmon also waived the time limit on his preliminary hearing while they wait to get autopsy results.
His attorney, William L. Poss, said it's in the best interest of justice to wait for the preliminary autopsy report that has toxicology results.
In a news release, Poss said, "Mr. Harmon has consistently maintained in several hours of voluntary statements to the police that he was acting in self-defense, and that the death of Ms. Nelson was a tragic accident."
Poss also asks the community to withhold judgment until all of the facts come out.
Harmon is due back in court for a pretrial hearing on August 14 and again on August 26 for a status hearing.
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