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Murder suspect Schmidt will have evidence hearing in October



The suspect in a Black River Falls murder is now jailed in another county, awaiting an evidence hearing in early October.


Kellie Schmidt’s cash bond remains at $1 million. Schmidt is accused of killing her roommate, Thomas Boetcher, with a knife at their home earlier this month.

Officers, who came to the house because of the knife attack, found Schmidt attempting to hang herself.

Prosecutors say Schmidt slashed Boetcher’s arm with a knife, and he died after severe bleeding. Schmidt claimed that Boetcher had threatened to set her on fire.

Her next court hearing is set for Oct. 11 in Jackson County.

Schmidt, of Black River Falls, made an initial appearance Tuesday, remotely from the Clark County jail.

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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