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Man charged in fatal robbery trying to get statements tossed

WAUSAU, WI (WTAQ) - A man accused of robbing and killing a Wausau man 14 months ago is now trying to get a judge to throw out key evidence against him.

The attorney for 19-year-old Zachary Froehlich told Marathon County Circuit Judge Jill Falstad that statements he made to police should not be used against him.

Attorney Brian Bennett said Tuesday that Froehlich asked for a lawyer at one point during his questioning – and police kept interviewing him anyway.

Among other things, Bennett said the judge should throw out a statement that Froehlich swung a baseball bat that killed 49-year-old Kerby Kniess, a popular Wausau bowling figure. A ruling on the evidence request could come December 5th.

Froehlich is tentatively set for a trial next May 5th on 13 criminal charges including reckless homicide, armed robbery, and strangulation and suffocation.

Wausau Police said Froehlich and 21-year-old Warren Krohn were trying to get liquor and cigarettes in a burglary attempt, when they attacked Kniess in a detached garage where the victim was living.

Krohn is charged with reckless homicide and four other counts. He’s scheduled to go on trial next April 1st.