The first witness has testified in Scott Johnson's triple murder trial, even though the proceeding in Marinette County doesn't get underway for more than six weeks.
A man who was on the scene shortly after the shooting happened last July near the Michigan-Wisconsin border testified behind closed doors Tuesday.
Assistant Attorney General Gary Freyberg says the witness will likely be in Iraq when the trial begins.
The 38-year-old Johnson of Iron Mountain, is accused of shooting into a group of young people who were gathered at the Menominee River to swim. Three teens, Anthony Spigarelli, Tiffany Pohlson, and Bryan Mort, died in the shootings. A fourth victim was wounded.
Attorneys from both sides say the closed-door deposition will preserve the integrity of the trial.