A 56-year-old man has been charged with the February death of a 77-year-old man in his Wausau garage, according to a news release from the Wausau Police Department.
Lee Franck appeared in court Tuesday afternoon.
Lyle Leith was found dead in his garage on the 1000 block of Kickbusch Street on February 20th. The medical examiner’s office determined he died from "multiple and extensive wounds to his head."
Franck is also facing two disorderly conduct charges involving domestic abuse. Prosecutors say Franck and Leith had a disagreement about Franck’s relationship with Leith’s daughter days before Leith was found dead.
Leith’s daughter told police Franck said things like "you will all pay" and "I hope your family dies" in arguments that took place in mid-February, according to a criminal complaint.
Franck has been in custody since February.
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