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Jackson County (WQOW) - An Altoona man accused of shooting and killing his friend returned to court Thursday. 

Michael O. Nelson is charged with murdering Randall Perry last November at a home in Jackson County. He told dispatchers he didn't know the gun was loaded.

At Thursday's hearing, the judge heard testimony that Nelson had military training regarding weapons and how to handle them. It was also revealed Thursday that Nelson's alcohol level was .07.

The judge found it probable that he committed a crime, and ordered Nelson bound over for trial. No other court dates have been set. 

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Jackson County (WQOW) - The Jackson County Sheriff's Office released the name of a man shot and killed early Sunday morning in the Town of Knapp. 

According to a release from the sheriff's office, Randall H. Perry, 55, of Warrens, Wis. was killed just before 1:30 a.m. Sunday following a shooting incident at N2675 Arrow Road in the Town of Knapp. 

The suspect, Michael O. Nelson, 27, of Altoona, Wis. is in custody, and officers said there is no safety concern or threat to the public.

According to a release from the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Nelson knew Perry and was visiting the residence. Nelson is being held at the Jackson County Jail on the charge of 1st degree intentional homicide. 

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Jackson County (WQOW) - The Monroe County Sheriff's Office responded to a 911 call from a man saying he shot someone in the Town of Knapp just before 1:30 a.m. Sunday.

The gunshot victim was dead when deputies and EMS services arrived to N2675 Arrow Road in Jackson County. The Jackson County Sheriff's Office said it is conducting a death investigation. 

According to a release from the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, the man who said he shot the victim is in custody. Officers said he was taken from the scene and interviewed about what happened. The scene was secured, and officers requested additional investigative resources. 

The Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigations agents, Wisconsin Crime Lab, and the Wisconsin State Patrol crime scene diagramming/reconstruction units were requested to assist with the investigation. 

No information has been released at this time. News 18 will provide updates as they become available. 

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