POLSON – Harry Lozeau, accused of murdering his brother Terry earlier this month south of Ronan, entered a not guilty plea to a charge of deliberate homicide in District Court Wednesday morning.
Judge James Manley set an omnibus hearing for Aug. 13 and a trial date for Sept. 29.
Court documents filed by Lake County prosecutors allege that Harry Lozeau, 53, shot his 51-year-old brother during an argument involving a truck, and how a Social Security payment was spent.
The killing launched a three-day manhunt for the suspect, some of it in the nearby Mission Mountains, before he was captured at his home on Mollman Pass Trail where the alleged homicide had occurred on June 14.
Lozeau appeared with local public defender Ashley Morigeau, who entered the not-guilty plea for him. Morigeau said she had been authorized to fill in Wednesday for an attorney from the Office of the Public Defender’s Major Crimes Unit.
Jennifer Streano will be representing Lozeau, Morigeau told Manley. Morigeau also reserved the right for Lozeau, who is being held without bond, to bring up the issue of bond in the future.
Another brother, Edward Stasso, called authorities to report the shooting.
Stasso allegedly told responding officers that Harry and Terry had been arguing over Terry’s pickup truck, which was at Harry’s house so Harry could work on it. Terry apparently felt his brother wasn’t doing the work in a timely fashion.
They also argued over items Terry had purchased for Harry with Terry’s Social Security check, according to the documents.
The Lozeau brothers allegedly got into a physical altercation inside the house, during which Stasso said Harry retrieved a rifle with a scope.
The fight appeared to end after Stasso took the rifle away and Terry went outside to try to start his truck.
Stasso and his girlfriend told police that after Terry went outside, Harry got the rifle again, went onto his porch, aimed it at his brother, who was working under the hood of the truck, and pulled the trigger.
All they heard was a “click,” they said.
Harry returned to the house, then came back on the porch and appeared to chamber a round, the court documents say. Stasso said Harry aimed the rifle at Terry, pulled the trigger again, and Terry fell to the ground, bleeding from his head.