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Jury trial dates set for Wakefield in Rhinelander murder case

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Seth Wakefield is escorted into an Oneida County Courtroom for his preliminary hearing in December.

Seth Wakefield is set to go to trial in September on a homicide charge.

Hannah Miller was shot and killed just outside of Rhinelander last summer.

Police believe her former partner and father of her child, Christopher Anderson, was the one to kill her.

But they say Wakefield knew of Anderson’s intention and helped plan the murder.

Both men have pleaded not guilty.

Wakefield is charged with first degree intentional homicide as party to a crime.

Wakefield was supposed to appear in court via video Tuesday.

But there was an issue at the jail, according to Oneida County Judge Patrick O’Melia.

“When I called the jail to see if he’d be appearing by phone or video, they advised that he was being disruptive. They put him in a chair, the restraint chair. I was advised it was not resolved today. So I chose to keep him at the jail," said O'Melia.

The pre-trial conference went on without Wakefield. One of his lawyers was present.

The trial is set to start September 6th and is currently scheduled for four days.

It will be after Anderson’s trial which is starting August 15th. He’s due in court next week for a motion hearing.

Wakefield is due back in court next month for a status conference.

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