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Judge sets $1 million cash bond for Anderson in Oneida County homicide case

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The man accused of shooting and killing a Rhinelander woman in June made his first court appearance in Oneida County Court Wednesday.

Christopher Terrell Anderson has been charged with first degree intentional homicide.

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Hannah Miller was shot and killed outside of Rhinelander in a case that Tri-County Council says is domestic violence homicide.

Hannah Miller, 26, was found shot to death on June 30th.

According to court documents, a couple had been driving to Rhinelander when they realized they forgot something at home. The turned around on River Bend Road off Highway 8.

At that time, they saw a man and a woman talking on the side of the road next to a small white SUV.

When the drove back 15 minutes later, the man and the SUV were gone, but the couple found the woman lying in the ditch.

The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office said sometime between 10:45 and 11:00 a.m. someone who lives near the area told police they had heard two to four gunshots.

The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office quickly identified Christopher Terrel Anderson as the main suspect.

Anderson and Miller had been in a relationship and had a child together.

Court documents show there was a history of domestic violence between the two. The latest incident happened earlier that month.

On June 2nd, Miller had called in a complaint to the Rhinelander Police Department telling an officer she was afraid Christopher was going to kill her.

Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault has been working to provide support for family and friends of Hannah Miller.

In a statement to the Star Journal, Executive Director Shellie Holmes said the organization is grateful to the judicial system and the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office for bringing Anderson back to the community.

“We believe that justice in our courts will be served on behalf of Hannah,” Holmes said. “Nothing can bring Hannah back or ease the pain of her family and friends for her life being taken, but we can find comfort in the hope that the accused will be convicted in Oneida County and will never being able to harm anyone again.”

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

It took more than two months and information from a confidential informant to find and arrest Anderson in Carol Stream, Illinois.

Oneida County Judge Michael Bloom set a $1 million cash bond for Anderson.

He said multiple factors went into his decision including the seriousness of the crime, the fact that Anderson was able to evade police for so long, and details from police laid out in court documents in the case against Seth Wakefield. Wakefield has been charged with first degree intentional homicide as party to a crime in connection with this case.

“The charge in this in complaint is first degree intentional homicide, arguably the most serious criminal charge in the Wisconsin criminal code,” said Judge Bloom.

If Anderson is found guilty of the charge, he will be sentence to life in prison.

Anderson is due back in court on November 2nd.

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