New trial date set in IC horse shootings


CRYSTAL FALLS — A new trial date has been set for a Crystal Falls man accused of shooting at an occupied home and two horses in Crystal Falls Township last year, after a judge Monday allowed his court-appointed attorney to hire a ballistics expert to review evidence.

Luke Endjamin Wool, 20, has a five-day jury trial set to begin June 11 in Iron County Trial Court on 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.

Defense attorney Michael Scholke previously told Judge C. Joseph Schwedler the ballistics expert was necessary, particularly since intent is a crucial element to Wool’s attempted murder charge. The expert will look at the area the shootings took place and the angles to determine if the gun used could fire that distance, Scholke said.

Iron County deputies March 16, 2017, investigated a report of shots fired at a draft horse and nearby home on U.S. 2 in Crystal Falls Township while a resident was outside.

Deputies were able to connect Wool from that shooting with another horse found dead Feb. 24, 2017, that broke its leg in the incident, severing a main artery.

Wool reportedly told deputies he shot and killed the horse in February while “playing ‘American Sniper'” and then shot and injured the horse in March because it “laughed” at him.

He reportedly admitted taking 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 previous court hearings.