Police Say Drug Debt Was Motivation for 2016 Bellevue Murder

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After an arrest was made Wednesday in connection to a 2016 Bellevue murder, the Brown County Sheriff’s Office held a press conference Friday morning to release more information.

Suzette Langlois was shot and killed on August 29th, 2016, while she was sitting in her parked vehicle at her Bellevue home. Police arrested 46-year-old Anthony John Kitchenakow Wednesday at his home on the Menominee Indian Reservation.  The sheriff’s office says they believe Langlois was killed over a drug debt.

“We learned that Suzette’s boyfriend, Jason Barfell, owed Kitchenakow a drug debt,” said Todd Delain, Chief Deputy of the Brown County Sheriff’s Office. “And we believe the drug debt was the reason for the shooting.”

Delain says the sheriff’s office began an investigation immediately after the murder, following many leads. They began mounting a case against Kitchenakow in June, and after forensic evidence tied a firearm magazine in Langlois’s vehicle to Kitchenakow’s DNA, they believed they had a strong enough case to make an arrest.

“We believe this DNA hit places Kitchenakow at the scene, and ties him to the weapon that was used during the shooting,” Delain said.

Police arrested Kitchenakow at his home on the Menominee Indian Reservation on Wednesday.  He’s currently being held in Menominee, awaiting extradition to the Brown County Jail.

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