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Oneida County judge finds enough evidence to move forward with case against Christopher Anderson

Christopher T. Anderson. Photo courtesy Oneida Co. Sheriff's Office.
Oneida County Sheriff's Office
Christopher T. Anderson.

A warning: some listeners may find the language and descriptions in this story disturbing.

An Oneida County Judge says there’s enough evidence to move forward with the case against Christopher Terrell Anderson.

Anderson is charged in the murder of Hannah Miller.

The two had previously been in a relationship and they have a child together.

She was found shot and killed just outside of Rhinelander on June 30th.

Anderson is charged with First Degree Intentional Homicide for the death of Miller, a charge that means life in prison if convicted.

During the preliminary hearing Monday afternoon, Oneida County Circuit Court Judge Michael Bloom heard from two detectives with the Oneida County Sheriff’s Department about their investigation and what lead them to believe Anderson is the person responsible for Miller’s death.

Detective Sergeant Robert Habein described the crime scene, the side of the River Bend Road near Highway 8 where Miller’s body was found, and how she was shot four times, once in the chest, twice in the back, and once in the back of head.

He talked about the various witnesses and friends and associates of Anderson and Miller and how they quickly identified Anderson as a suspect.

“In the months leading up to the homicide, it was reported that there were domestic issues. They weren’t co-habituating or getting long at that point,” said Habein.

Seth Wakefield
Oneida County Sheriff's Office
Oneida County Sheriff's Office
Seth Wakefield

Detective Sergeant Timothy Gensler spoke mostly about another person charged in this case, Seth Wakefield.

Gensler was one of the two officers to interview Wakefield.

In that interview, Wakefield admitted to police that he helped Anderson plan Miller’s murder and that of her parents for weeks leading up to Miller’s death.

Oneida County District Attorney Michael Schiek asked Gensler if Wakefield talked about Anderson’s motive

“Mr. Wakefield indicated that it was his understanding that Mr. Anderson was planning to murder both HM, both of her parents and abducting the child they share in common and then going on the run,” said Gensler.

Anderson’s attorney, Scott Anderson, questioned both detectives on the timeline of when Anderson become a suspect and the Sheriff’s Office’s post on social media asking the public for information on him.

He also questioned Gensler about Wakefield’s state of mind.

“Maybe a little bit eccentric, but certainly lucid and was able have a conversation with us for several hours,” said Gensler.

Wakefield had had two competency exams, both found him able to continue to trial. Wakefield is charged with first degree intentional homicide as party to a crime. His preliminary hearing is next week.

At the end of testimony, Anderson’s attorney requested a motion dismiss which was denied.

Judge Bloom determined the testimony from the officers was enough to establish probable cause that a felony offense was committed.

Anderson is due back in court later this month.

Katie Thoresen is WXPR's News Director/Vice President.
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