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2 face homicide, other charges in man’s death

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 Oct. 31 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.

The location of the body was reported by two people only identified by their initials in the complaint. One of them told police that Schultz said he shot someone breaking into the house on Oct. 28 and that the witness should not tell anyone.

That witness acknowledged seeing the body and both witnesses helped police responding on Oct. 31 locate the site where Gerke’s body was found.

A witness told police that Schultz had told him he “ran someone out of the house,” according to the complaint. He told police the license plate number of the van Schultz was in when they met and they found it was registered to Wolc.

Police then responded to Wolc’s apartment on Lake Crest Drive in Beaver Dam. Wolc initially denied Schultz was in the apartment, but he eventually came out and surrendered to police. The complaint states that Wolc denied knowing that Gerke had been shot before admitting she had seen Gerke’s body after he was shot on the Redwing Road property.

There 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.

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

Schultz first told police that the property owner who reported the dead body had shot Gerke but later admitted he was the one who shot Gerke. Schultz said he shot Gerke in the back of the head with a .38 Derringer and then with a .22 rifle multiple times in the head and body. The autopsy revealed that there were 10 gunshot wounds to the head and six gunshot wounds to the chest.

The complaint states that Schultz told police he buried the body on the property after trying to stuff it into a burn barrel.

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

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