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Murder suspect's evidence hearing delayed

William Schmidt
William Schmidt

RHINELANDER, Wis. (WSAU) – A hearing to decide whether key evidence can be used in a Minocqua man’s murder trial has been delayed until next month.

An Oneida County judge will now hear arguments in William Schmidt’s case on March 7th.

Schmidt, who is charged in his wife Lori’s death last summer, wants Judge Mark Mangerson to throw out evidence police found when they searched his truck and statements he made after his arrest.

Prosecutors charged Schmidt with first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse for killing his wife and stuffing her body in a bedroom closet. Police found the decomposing body wrapped in a comforter during a welfare check June 17th after her parents said they hadn’t heard from her in days.

Mangerson found enough probable cause in early September to bind Schmidt over for trial. Schmidt has pled not guilty to both felony charges.