MERRILL, Wis. (WSAU) - A Wausau man will stand trial for killing his mother last summer.
Lincoln County Judge Glenn Hartley found probable cause to bind Chase Boruch over on a first-degree intentional homicide charge. The 24-year-old stood mute and Hartley entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.
Hartley refused to lower a $2 million dollar cash bond.
A pre-trial conference is scheduled for March 24th.
Prosecutors allege that Boruch staged Sally Pergolski's drowning death in Moraine Lake on June 6th to collect more than $1 million in life insurance.
Defense attorney John Voorhees asked Hartley to dismiss the charge for a lack of sufficient evidence.
"We don't really have specific facts that may explain how, where and why this happened," the Rhinelander-based public defender said.
Hartley denied the motion.
Four witnesses testified, including the forensic pathologist who conducted Pergolski's autopsy, the 9-1-1 dispatcher who took Boruch's call for help, and two sheriff's deputies who investigated the death.