RHINELANDER, Wis. (WSAU) – A Minocqua man charged in his wife’s murder last summer wants a judge to throw out evidence police found when they searched his truck and statements he made after his arrest.
Oneida County Judge Mark Mangerson will hear arguments on the motions and could issue a ruling during a hearing at 1:30 this afternoon in Rhinelander.
William Schmidt’s attorney argues that evidence gathered from the truck’s seizure, including latent prints, biological evidence, travel receipts and travel plans, should be dismissed because the search warrant was illegal. If the evidence is suppressed, attorney Henry Schultz claims that the evidence prosecutors do have fails to establish probable cause the Schmidt committed the crime.
Schmidt is charged with first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse for killing his wife Lori 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 had said they had not heard from her for several days.
Mangerson found enough probable cause in early September to bind Schmidt over for trial. Schmidt has pled not guilty to both felony charges.
Schmidt is also challenging his statements to police after his arrest. Sheboygan County sheriff’s deputies interviewed Schmidt after he turned himself in at his mother’s home in Sheboygan Falls June 24th.