Attorneys told a judge Tuesday that they are continuing to receive what is expected to be a "voluminous" amount of evidence in November's fatal shooting on the Fond du Lac Reservation.
Thomas Allen Micklewright, 44, faces a charge of unintentional second-degree murder in the death of 65-year-old James Arthur Couture. The shooting occurred inside Micklewright's home, 3521 Brevator Road, northwest of Cloquet, on Nov. 9.
Micklewright posted a $125,000 bond on Nov. 15, the day after he was arraigned in State District Court, and was released from the St. Louis County Jail. He made his second court appearance Tuesday.
With much discovery still outstanding, Micklewright waived his right to have a contested hearing within 28 days. Sixth Judicial District Judge Shaun Floerke scheduled a new hearing for Jan. 16. At that point, Micklewright may bring challenges to probable cause or raise constitutional issues with the gathering of evidence.
According to a criminal complaint, Micklewright and his wife were hosting Couture and his wife the night of the shooting.
Both couples had been drinking before Micklewright's wife called 911 around 5 a.m. to report the shooting. Micklewright allegedly admitted during the course of that call that he intentionally shot Couture with a .40-caliber pistol but would not further describe the circumstances, the complaint said.
When law enforcement arrived at the residence, they found Couture in the kitchen, where he was pronounced dead. No weapons were found on his person or in the vicinity, according to the complaint. Both wives were believed to be asleep at the time of the shooting, the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office previously reported.
Micklewright was detained without incident at the scene. Authorities said a preliminary breath test administered at about 11 a.m. — approximately six hours after the shooting — placed his blood-alcohol concentration at 0.20, which is 2.5 times the legal limit for driving.
Micklewright has retained Duluth defense attorney David Keegan. Micklewright, the owner of a local landscaping business, was denied a public defender at his arraignment.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant St. Louis County Attorney Korey Horn.