LaRock trial still to go on as scheduled

Settlement out of court not completely off the table, says defense attorney
By: 
Lee Pulaski
City Editor

The trial for Royce LaRock, an attempted homicide suspect from Shawano, is still on for Feb. 26, although attorneys indicated during a Feb. 8 pre-trial hearing that a deal could be reached before then.

Defense attorney Carly Krueger said that she and District Attorney Greg Parker had traded witness lists and other items in advance of the trial but were in talks to settle the matter before the trial starts.

“I have had some conversations with the state this week about where we’re at in terms of negotiations, and I think, while that’s still on the table, we’re set for trial,” Krueger said.

Parker said the offer was extended to LaRock “some time ago,” and if it’s not agreed to by Feb. 15, the trial would be the only likely resolution of the case.

LaRock faces one count each of attempted first-degree intentional homicide with the use of a dangerous weapon, one count of aggravated battery with a dangerous weapon, disorderly conduct and resisting or obstructing an officer.

According to the criminal complaint, Shawano police officers were dispatched April 25, 2023, to Acorn Street for a reported stabbing. When officers arrived, a victim was allegedly laying at a neighbor’s front step with a stab wound to the stomach area, with intestinal protrusion from a stab wound. The victim allegedly said LaRock was the person who had stabbed him.

Law enforcement located LaRock about 30 minutes later on Richmond Street, where he allegedly told officers that he did not recall fighting with the victim but admitted to drinking alcohol beforehand. The knife of the alleged crime was found in the front yard of the residence.

When searching the scene, law enforcement allegedly saw blood in the kitchen, on the inside of a screen door, on the driveway and also saw a trail of blood leading to the neighbor’s residence.

When interviewing LaRock, he allegedly had cuts and scrapes on his body that were consistent with running through the woods and being scraped by branches and bushes. LaRock allegedly told law enforcement that nothing had happened and that he was dropping the victim off at the residence and left. LaRock allegedly told law enforcement that he had anger issues but stated that he did not have a fight with the victim.

If convicted, LaRock faces up to 60 years in prison for attempted first-degree intentional homicide, $50,000 in fines and 15 years for aggravated battery, $10,000 and nine months for resisting or obstructing an officer and $1,000 and 90 days for disorderly conduct.

LaRock is currently being held in the Shawano County Jail on a $500,000 bond.

The trial is expected to take five days. A final pre-trial hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at Branch II of the Shawano County Courthouse.

lpulaski@newmedia-wi.com