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Schmidt to be scheduled for murder trial in Jackson County

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A Jackson County woman will be scheduled for trial on a charge of killing her male roommate. 

Judge Daniel Diehn has found probable cause to try Kellie Schmidt of Black River Falls for murder in the September death of Thomas Boetcher at their home. 

Schmidt could enter a plea of “not guilty” at her arraignment hearing in November. 

Investigators say Boetcher died after bleeding severely when Schmidt allegedly slashed his arm, and she then attempted to hang herself.  Witnesses called in court testified about alleged incidents of domestic abuse involving Schmidt and Boetcher.

Schmidt’s original bond of $1 million cash was reduced to $75,000, and she’s been ordered not to consume alcohol or controlled substances.  

She’s being held in the Clark County Jail in Neillsville.  

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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