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One of three accused in deer killings will stay in jail

One of three snowmobilers accused in the so-called "thrill killings" of five deer near Waupaca failed to get his bond reduced Tuesday.

Circuit Judge Philip Kirk said 24-year-old Rori Kuenzi, 24, of Weyauwega was probably safer in jail, because he was named in several threats in letters the court received.

Kuenzi is being held on a $25,000 cash bond. He pleaded innocent Tuesday to six charges of mistreating animals in death, theft and vehicle theft.

Authorities said Kuenzi was riding a stolen snowmobile when he and two other riders herded and killed deer with their machines Jan. 9 on a trail.

Landowners, animal rights activists, and friends of traffic victim Kevin McCoy attended yesterday's hearing.

Kuenzi is a suspect in a hit-and-run traffic death that killed McCoy in 2004.

Attorneys in his deer case will meet with the judge on March 11 to determine where things go from here.

Kuenzi's brother Robby, 23, is scheduled to enter pleas on March 3.

The other suspect, Nicholas Hermes, 23, has a preliminary hearing set for Feb. 24.