Kraft trial

Preston Kraft represented himself this week at a trial on a 2018 murder charge he faces.

A jury has gone behind closed doors this morning to begin deliberations in the week-long trial of a man charged in the 2018 murder of a Rusk County resident.

Preston D. Kraft is charged with first degree intentional homicide as a repeater and felony bail jumping as a repeater.

He was arrested after a 5-day manhunt after Bob Pettit was shot and killed two years ago at a home on Blueberry Road south of Conrath.

The trial had been postponed after Kraft was ruled to be incompetent. He later was found competent, and the case once again resumed with Kraft representing himself at trial.

The jury was directed to consider charges of first degree intentional homicide or lesser charges of second degree intentional homicide or first degree reckless homicide.

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