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Suspect bound over in mother's murder

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Boruch is charged with killing his mother Sally Pergolski at Moraine Lake in Lincoln County in June 2010.  Police suspect Boruch murdered the 63-year-old to collect on her life insurance.
Boruch is charged with killing his mother Sally Pergolski at Moraine Lake in Lincoln County in June 2010. Police suspect Boruch murdered the 63-year-old to collect on her life insurance.

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.

 

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