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Schmidt bound over for trial in wife's murder

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William R. Schmidt (Photo courtesy Wisconsin Dept. of Justice)
William R. Schmidt (Photo courtesy Wisconsin Dept. of Justice)

RHINELANDER, Wis. (WSAU) - An Oneida County judge has found probable cause to continue the case of a Mincoqua man charged with killing his wife.

40 year old William Schmidt is charged with one count of first degree intentional homicide in the June  death of his wife, Lori. Minocqua Police Chief Andrew Gee testified after getting a call from Lori Schmidt's parents about her safety, he and another officer entered the home on June 17th and Gee found the body stuffed in a closet.. Gee testified he and the officer left and asked for a search warrant.

On the scene next was Detective Sergeant Phillip Newcomb from the Oneida County Sheriff's Department who testified traces of blood had been found in parts of the house..and he saw a woman's body stuffed in a comforter in a closet. Newcomb testified it appeared to him Lori Schmidt had been dead for a few days. 

The Medical Examiner who conducted the autopsy was not able to determine a solid cause of death. Dr. Susan Venuti testified she was able to positively identify the body only by dental X-rays... 

Judge Mark Mangerson found enough evidence to bind William Schmidt over for trial. Schmidt's 500 thousand dollar bail is continued, with arraignment set for October 11th.

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