Judge sets trial date in Superior homicideA trial date has been set for December in the shooting death of Terence Rodney Luukkonen.
A trial date has been set for the man accused in the May 23 fatal shooting of Terence Rodney Luukkonen.
Juan Leonardo Padilla, 41, of Fort Mohave, Ariz., faces first-degree intentional homicide charges. Padilla is accused of shooting Luukkonen as he sat in his vehicle in the parking lot of Genesis Attachments on Connors Point in Superior. Luukkonen worked as a purchasing director at Genesis.
Luukkonen was found in his vehicle, bleeding from an apparent gunshot wound on the left side of his head. He was transported to a Duluth hospital, where he died of his injuries.
A vehicle owned by Padilla was seen casing the parking lot of the Superior business where Luukkonen worked two days before the shooting. Police learned from Luukkonen’s fiancée, Christin Weir, that Padilla, with whom she’d had a relationship that ended, had threatened to kill Luukkonen.
District Attorney Dan Blank on Wednesday requested the trial date, hoping a definitive time line would expedite testing and results of evidence sent to the Wisconsin Crime Lab.
Substantial evidence in the case has been turned over to the defense, however, there is additional evidence the defense is seeking including results from the crime lab, Blank said.
Padilla’s attorney, Chief Public Defender J. Patrick O’Neill, confirmed evidence from the crime lab and surveillance video. He said it was difficult to predict when his case would be ready if additional scientific testing would be necessary to defend his client.
“We can set a date with the understanding that it’s not necessarily a firm date,” O’Neill said.
Douglas County District Court Judge George Glonek set a trial date for Dec. 10, and advised Blank and O’Neill to notify him as soon as possible if that date won’t work because the trial would take about a week.
A status conference was also set for Oct. 14 with a pretrial conference planned for Nov. 25.