Not guilty plea in Dodge County homicide
JUNEAU — A 21-year-old accused of murdering a Beaver Dam man last fall stood mute during a court appearance Wednesday as a not guilty plea was entered on his behalf.
Nigel Schultz is charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the shooting death of Bradlee Gerke. Schultz also is 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.
Schultz, who is currently serving time at Green Bay Correctional, was transported to Dodge County for his arraignment in front of Dodge County Circuit Court Judge Brian Pfitzinger.
Rebecca Wolc, a 32-year-old Beaver Dam woman, has been charged as an accomplice in the case. Wolc has a telephone scheduling conference on April 5.
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.
Schultz allegedly convinced Gerke to go to the location where he was shot and attempted to shoot him in the back of the head. The gun originally misfired before he shot Gerke again in the back of the head, according to the complaint. The complaint says Schultz then picked up another gun and shot Gerke 15 more times in the head and chest after he was dead. Schultz then tried to burn the body, but was unable to do so and stole items from the body before burying him on the property.
Schultz was later located in Wolc’s apartment in Beaver Dam.
Schultz has a long criminal history, with felony convictions for violent offenses dating to when he was 17 years old. Schultz’s probation was revoked for a 2016 conviction in February and he was sentenced to five years in prison and five years of probation.
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 has been in custody since Nov. 1. He has a telephone scheduling conference in Dodge County on May 13.