Bill Vollbrecht and Christopher Farmer quarreled at a tavern hours before the shooting that took Farmer’s life, Chippewa County District Attorney Jon Theisen told the jury in opening arguments of Vollbrecht’s murder trial.

Vollbrecht is on trial for the May 2010 murder of Farmer. Theisen and defense attorney Steve Kohn of Milwaukee agreed in their statements that the key issue in the case is intent.

In his statement, Theisen focused on Vollbrecht’s actions leading up to the shooting, including going to his mother’s home and obtaining a gun, and seeking out Farmer’s residence.

On the day of the murder, Farmer and Tammy Clark, the woman who broke up with Vollbrecht and started to see Farmer, were at the Wayside Tavern in Lafayette when Vollbrecht came in. Clark left and shortly afterwards Farmer started to leave when a confrontation occurred between the two men.

Theisen said he would present testimony that Vollbrecht threatened Farmer, who also insulted Vollbrecht, called him names and questioned his manhood.

A few hours later, the shooting occurred.

Testimony in the case will begin after lunch.

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