A 22-year-old illegal immigrant from Wausau is in being held on a $1 million cash bond in the murder of a high school senior.
Raul Ponce-Rocha made his initial court appearance Wednesday afternoon on one count of first-degree intentional homicide for beating and stabbing Breanna Schneller to death.
Police focused their attention on Ponce-Rocha after he misled detectives during an interview last week.
Assistant District Attorney Ken Heimerman said he wanted the bond to ensure that Ponce-Roche would remain in custody in Wausau and not be prematurely deported to Mexico by immigration.
A date for a preliminary hearing will be set at a later date