Two charged in Lebanon murder

November 29, 2018

LEBANON — Two people were charged late Tuesday in connection with a murder last month in the town of Lebanon.

While Nigel Schultz, 20 of Portage is facing charges of first degree intentional homicide, hiding a corpse, theft from a corpse and two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, Rebecca Wolc, 32 of Beaver Dam was charged with harboring or aiding a felon.

According to a criminal complaint, Bradlee Gerke of Beaver Dam was found dead at N901 Redwing Road in the town of Lebanon.

The property owner called the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office on Halloween reporting that there could possibly be a body in his cow pasture. The property owner told authorities his daughter was dating Schultz, who was later identified as the suspect in the murder.

Investigators found “singed grass with spots of a red substance that looked like blood and a chalky white object that looked like a bone, specifically, a piece of a skull,” the complaint states. Gerke’s body was found in a shallow grave in a nearby tree line covered in gasoline.

Schultz was taken into custody on a parole violation at the Lakecrest Apartments in Beaver Dam. He initially told authorities that Wolc shot Gerke and he only stole his phone and Food Share Card. Schultz later confessed to shooting Gerke in the back of the head with a 38-Derringer and then with a .22-rifle multiple times in the head and body. According to the complaint, Gerke was shot ten times in the back of his head and six times in the chest. Schultz told investigators Wolc witnessed the murder.

Schultz and Wolc are scheduled to make their initial appearances in Dodge County Circuit Court today.

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