Teen pleads not guilty to shooting horses

LUKE WOOL, RIGHT, appears in Iron County Trial Court with defense attorney Michael Scholke. (Nikki Younk/Daily News photo)

CRYSTAL FALLS — A Crystal Falls teen waived his preliminary examination Monday and agreed to be bound over to the circuit court level on accusations he shot two horses and at a home with a person outside in Crystal Falls Township earlier this year.

Luke Endjamin Wool, 19, immediately pleaded not guilty to attempted murder, a life felony; discharge a firearm in or at a building, a 10-year felony; two counts of killing or torturing animals, a four-year felony; and felony firearm, a two-year felony.

Wool will return to Iron County Trial Court for a pre-trial conference Oct. 10.

The case had been at a standstill from early April to late July while Wool completed mental health evaluations. Defense attorney Michael Scholke and Iron County Prosecutor Melissa Powell then requested another month to prepare their cases.

Wool reportedly told police he shot and killed a draft horse Feb. 24 in Crystal Falls Township while “playing ‘American Sniper,'” then shot and injured a second horse March 16 because it “laughed” at him and “draft horses are supposed to be in pairs,” Powell said in a previous court hearing.

Wool on March 16 also reportedly shot at a nearby home while one of the owners was outside, leading to the attempted murder charge, Powell said.

Wool told police he took five guns and ammunition from the gun safe of his pastor and the pastor’s wife. He had been living in their home and listened in on their conversations to figure out how to get into the safe, according to Powell.