CRIME AND COURT ROUNDUP: Ladysmith police arrest woman for allegedly trying to hire a hit-man
LADYSMITH -- Police in northwest Wisconsin have arrested a 31-year-old woman, for allegedly trying to hire a hit-man to kill somebody. Ladysmith Police say they've been investigating the case since the purported hit-man told officers about the arrangement on March 21st. The Rusk County District Attorney's office is now considering possible charges. Police are seeking a count of conspiracy to commit homicide. Online court records showed that the woman had battery and disorderly conduct convictions dropped a couple years ago as part of a deferred prosecution agreement.
A 30-year-old man has been found guilty in one drug-related homicide, and innocent in another. Jurors in Juneau County announced the split decision yesterday in the case of John Tetting Junior. They deliberated for a day and a half before they ruled that Tetting was guilty in the 2007 shooting death of 23-year-old Tabatha Nealy of Wisconsin Rapids -- and innocent in the killing of 31-year-old Joshua Alderman, also from the Rapids area. Both victims were in a car when the shootings occurred at a remote spot near Finley in northern Juneau County. Prosecutors said Tetting drove to the location to talk about a drug deal with Alderman -- and co-defendant David Turner ended up shooting both Alderman and Nealy. Turner, who's now 39, was given a 40-year prison term for reckless homicide. Tetting was originally sentenced to 30 years behind bars. He was allowed to withdraw his plea, after Turner said Tetting did not know in advance that the killings would take place. A sentencing date has not been set for Tetting's new convictions.
A Madison police officer testified yesterday at the trial of James McVay in Sioux Falls South Dakota. The 43-year-old McVay faces the death penalty for killing a woman in 2011, stealing her car, and driving to Washington to kill the president when he was stopped in Wisconsin. He has pleaded guilty but insane. Madison officer Kipp Hartman told jurors he was trying to get the driver to reveal his name when McVay said he quote, "killed a little old lady" in South Dakota and was taking her car to Washington to kill President Obama. Prosecutors said 75-year-old Maybelle Schein was stabbed nine times, and she cried for help before she died 16 seconds after the final blow. Police used the stolen car's tracking device to locate McVay on Interstate-90 near Madison. He was arrested there after a short chase. His public defender told jurors that McVay has a history of mental illness, and his life should be spared. Prosecutors said they have enough proof to justify a death sentence. They said McVay intended to steal her car after killing her. Authorities said he walked away from a minimum-security lockup just before the slaying. He was in prison for grand theft.
It's possible that two suspects will go free, after a disturbance which led to the shooting deaths of two teens in Milwaukee on March 12th. Prosecutors said yesterday that 39-year-old Jeremy Rossetto of Cudahy will not be charged, because he shot the teens in self-defense. Charges are still being considered a 20-year-old man, who was with the teens and allegedly punched Rossetto just before the shootings. However, Rossetto's lawyer tells the Journal Sentinel that he's been told the man will not be taken into court -- and that's okay with Rossetto because he just wants the whole thing to be over. Rossetto was a maintenance worker in the west side Milwaukee apartment building where the slayings occurred. Officials said he was about to change fire extinguishers when he got into a verbal confrontation with three young people in a stairwell. Police said one of the three held Rossetto, while two others hit him with a souvenir baseball bat. The maintenance worker then pulled a gun and shot them. Rossetto's lawyer said earlier that his client had a permit to carry his concealed weapon, claiming it was an "occupational necessity" to do so.
A Janesville man is expected to appear in court today in connection with the shooting death of an ex-girlfriend in Mazomanie, northwest of Madison. 39-year-old Phillip Byrd was charged in late February with four drug-related and bail jumping offenses in Rock County. That was when he was called a person of interest in the February 23rd shooting death of 43-year-old Cheryl Gilberg at her home. Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney said he expects new charges to be filed today in Madison. His office is recommending a count of first-degree intentional homicide, with added penalties for domestic abuse and the type of weapon used. Deputies found Gilberg shot in the head. Reports said Byrd was a former boyfriend of the victim -- and he was suspected of not paying child support. Mahoney has not said what led to Gilberg's murder, except that it involved domestic abuse. He said officers are still looking for a pink .38-caliber revolver that's believed to be the murder weapon.