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Former Beaver Dam woman accused of assisting homicide suspect enters plea

January 17, 2019

JUNEAU — A former Beaver Dam woman accused of helping the suspect charged with killing a Beaver Dam man on Oct. 28 pleaded not guilty Wednesday when she appeared before Dodge County Circuit Court Judge Steven Bauer.

Rebecca Wolc, 32, who now resides in Fond du Lac, is charged with harboring or aiding a felon and could face up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine if convicted. She is free on a $1,000 signature bond.

Wolc is accusing of hiding Nigel Schultz in her Lake Crest Drive apartment after driving back to Beaver Dam following the death of Bradlee Gerke, 32, who was shot 16 times.

Schultz remains in custody in the Dodge County Jail on a $5 million cash bond. He has been in custody since Nov. 1, accused of first-degree intentional homicide. Schultz is also charged with hiding a corpse, theft from person or corpse, and two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon. He could face life in prison if convicted of the homicide charge.

According to criminal complaints, the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office received a call at 6:15 p.m. Oct. 31, alerting them that there was a body at N901 Redwing Road northwest of Ashippun in Dodge County. Gerke’s body was recovered that night.

According to the homicide complaint, Schultz told police that prior to Oct. 28, he believed Gerke was going to report him to authorities so his probation would be revoked.

Schultz was located in Wolc’s apartment on Lake Crest Drive in Beaver Dam in the early morning of Nov. 1. However, according to the criminal complaint, Wolc originally denied he was in her apartment. Schultz eventually surrendered himself.

The complaint says that Wolc denied knowing that Gerke had been shot before admitting she had seen Gerke’s body after he was shot. She and Schultz allegedly told Gerke’s mother, who had been watching Wolc’s children, that Gerke had gone to La Crosse with a woman.

Wolc has a telephone scheduling conference scheduled for April 5. Schultz’s arraignment is scheduled for Jan. 30.

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