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Former Beaver Dam woman accused of hiding murder suspect waives hearing

December 7, 2018

JUNEAU — A former Beaver Dam woman, who is accused of helping the man charged with killing Bradlee Gerke Oct. 28, waived her preliminary hearing in court Thursday.

Rebecca Wolc, a 32-year-old woman now residing in Fond du Lac, is charged with harboring or aiding a felon. Wolc is free on a $1,000 cash bond.

She appeared before Dodge County Circuit Court Judge Steven Bauer.

Wolc is accusing of hiding Nigel Schultz in her former Lake Crest Drive apartment after driving back to Beaver Dam following the death of 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. He stands 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.

Schultz has a long criminal history, with felony convictions for violent offenses dating to when he was 17. 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 former 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 and that she and Schultz told Gerke’s mother, who had been watching Wolc’s children, he had gone to La Crosse with a woman.

Wolc’s arraignment is scheduled for Jan. 16. Schultz’s preliminary hearing is Dec. 20.

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