Vehicular homicide suspect appears in court

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 15, 2002

Jason Micah Broissoit, 20 of rural Dexter, appeared in Mower County Third Judicial District Court Monday morning.

District Court Judge Fred W. Wellmann ordered Broissoit to return to court 11:30 a.m. Oct. 28 for formal arraignment with a defense attorney also present.

Broissoit said he must apply for a public defender in the case involving the traffic death of Robyne Faye (Haarstad) Weis, 25 of rural Dexter, on Aug. 14.

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Broissoit is charged with three counts of criminal vehicular homicide and criminal vehicular operation.

The young woman was the driver of a car, which was broadsided by another auto driven by Broissoit. The vehicle apparently ignored a yield sign and smashed into the victim's vehicle.

Seriously injured in the accident was the victim's mother, a passenger in the Haarstad-Weis vehicle, and a girlfriend of Broissoit's who was a passenger in his car.

Relatives and friends of the Haarstad-Weis families attended Monday morning's court hearing with Tori Miller, director of the Crime Victims Resource Center.

Patrick W. Flanagan, Assistant Mower County Attorney, is prosecuting the case.

Except to answer the judge's questions with a soft "yes" or "no," Broissoit did not address the court.

A slender young man of medium-height with short dark hair, the defendant left the courtroom and the courthouse immediately after the proceeding Monday.

Broissoit, who posted $5,000 bail, remains free on bail.

Lee Bonorden can be contacted at 434-2232 or by e-mail at