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Kuester preliminary hearing Monday afternoon
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DARLINGTON — The preliminary hearing for Jaren Kuester on three charges of first-degree intentional homicide will be held in Lafayette County Circuit Court Monday at 1:45 p.m.

Kuester, 31, Milwaukee, made his first appearance in a nine-minute hearing before Circuit Judge William Johnston Friday afternoon.

Kuester's attorney, Guy Taylor, declined to waive Kuester's speedy-trial rights, leading to the scheduling of the preliminary hearing Monday afternoon.

Kuester is accused of killing Gary Thoreson, 70, Chloe Thoreson, 66, and Dean Thoreson, 76, in Gary and Chloe Thoreson's Town of Wayne home April 27.

Kuester is in the Lafayette County Jail on $3 million bail. He also faces charges of burglary and operating a vehicle without the owner's consent.

For more on this story, read this week's Darlington Republican Journal and