Trial date set in Tomahawk homicide
A jury trial for Eric Lee Moen, 34 of Wausau, will take place in Lincoln County Circuit Court from June 15-June 19, 2020.
Moen faces a charge of First Degree Intentional Homicide, in connection to the the November 2017 death of Charles Ramp, of Tomahawk.
According to court records, on Nov. 16, 2017 at approximately 5:47 p.m. officers of the Tomahawk Police Department responded to a reported shooting at 205 W. Mohawk Dr. in the city of Tomahawk.
Upon arrival, officers discovered a male identified as 52-year-old Charles Ramp had sustained multiple gunshot wounds. Ramp was immediately transported to Ascension-Sacred Heart Hospital in Tomahawk where he died from injuries sustained in the shooting. Moen was identified as the lone shooter and according to witnesses, had waited for Ramp, at Ramp’s residence.
After Ramp arrived at the home about 15 minutes later, Moen asked Ramp to listen to a noise his vehicle was making, according to investigators. Moen then pretended to look at something under the hood of the vehicle. When Ramp returned to the vehicle with a light, Moen allegedly retrieved a .20 gauge shotgun from the back of the vehicle.
Moen is accused of then shooting Ramp five times with the shotgun before fleeing the scene. Moen was later located and taken into custody near Lake Hallie in Chippewa County, and transported to the Lincoln County Jail.
Moen reportedly told investigators that he first thought about killing Ramp after lunch that afternoon. After arriving home from work around 4 p.m., Moen left his home in Wausau to go to Tomahawk.
After stopping for gas near Merrill, he loaded the shotgun with five slugs and placed it in the back of his Ford Explorer. When he arrived in Tomahawk around 5 p.m., he went to Ramp’s residence but Ramp was not home. That is when he decided to wait for Ramp with members of Ramp’s family. According to Tomahawk Police Chief Al Elvins, Moen could not explain why he had shot Ramp.
“There was no way he could explain it. He said ‘I don’t know why I did it,’” Elvins said.
Ramp’s family indicated there was nothing out of the ordinary regarding Moen’s behavior before the shooting occurred.
Moen, 34, pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect on Feb. 21, 2018.