2 arrested, 23-year-old sought in Portage homicide case

PORTAGE, Wis. - Two additional arrests have been made in connection with a homicide case in Portage, and police are seeking a fourth suspect, according to a release from the Portage Police Department.

Police said Wednesday that Elisha M.D. Bias, 20, and Marcus S. Johnson, 23, both of Madison, were arrested in connection with the Dec. 18 shooting death of 22-year-old Jason Laack of rural Rio.

Online court records show Mario F. Brown Jr., 24, of McFarland, is facing a felony first-degree intentional-homicide charge in the shooting death.

Police said Wednesday night that the fourth person of interest, seen in a surveillance picture, has been identified as 23-year-old Christopher A. Bolin.

Laack was killed around 8 p.m. at the Cattail Lodge on New Pinery Road in Portage. Brown turned himself in to authorities in Madison the day after the shooting. 

According to the criminal complaint, Laack's sister told officers she knew Brown from school and arranged for him to come to her apartment to buy marijuana from her brother.

During the drug transaction, Brown told a man he was with to shoot Laack's sister's boyfriend, but when the man fired the gun, it did not go off, according to the criminal complaint. When Brown took the gun and pointed it at the sister's boyfriend, Laack stepped between the two men.

Laack's sister told police she and her boyfriend ran into the bathroom and heard gunshots and a struggle, according to the complaint. When they came out of the bathroom, Laack was lying on the floor and told them he had been shot.

Brown had an initial appearance Tuesday afternoon and appeared in court via video, according to online court records. Cash bond was set at $1 million and he was ordered not to have contact with the victim's family. Conditions of his bond include that he can't possess weapons, drug paraphernalia and can't consume or possess controlled substances without a prescription. A preliminary hearing is scheduled Friday at 9 a.m.

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