Chief Ordered Held Without Bail
WAUPACA, Wis. (AP) _ A suspended police chief who is charged with killing the town of Iola’s only other police officer was ordered held without bail Wednesday after being bound over for trial.
Police Chief Michael Schertz is charged with firing two bullets into the head of Gerald Mork, 31, on July 14. His body was found in a squad car in a cemetery.
Waupaca County Circuit Court Judge Phillip Kirk bound Schertz over for trial after testimony by a key prosecution witness, Thomas Doerr, 34, of Waupaca.
Doerr testified that he and some friends had parked their motorcycles shortly before 4 a.m. July 14 when he saw two Iola squad cars turn into the cemetery but only one, driven by Schertz, come out.
After the second squad car went into the cemetery, ″we heard a loud noise like an M-80 or cherry bomb firecracker,″ he testified.
Doerr testified that a short time later, about 4:20 a.m., he saw a dark blue squad car drive south. He said he got a good look at the driver and has since identified him as Schertz from newspaper photographs.
During the pre-trial detention hearing, Schertz took the stand and denied allegations by Maroney and investigators that he had improperly interviewed witnesses after the murder.