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Jackson County woman charged with murder for knife attack on boyfriend



Prosecutors in Jackson County say a Brockway woman killed her boyfriend by slashing his arm with a knife, and then she tried to hang herself. 


A criminal complaint has been filed against 53-year-old Kellie Schmidt, who’s charged with 1st-degree murder in the death of her roommate, Thomas Boetcher. 

Police say Schmidt claimed in a phone call that Boetcher had threatened to set her on fire before the stabbing. 

Sheriff’s Deputies arriving at the crime scene found Boetcher bleeding heavily, and discovered Schmidt hanging from a ceiling with a dog leash around her neck. 

A cash bond of $1 million was set for Schmidt, during her first court appearance on Monday.

The incident happened on September 9th, and Boetcher died a few hours later, after being taken to a Marshfield hospital.

Schmidt was treated for injuries resulting from the attempted hanging.

The court is looking for an attorney to represent Schmidt before her next court hearing on Sept. 28.     

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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