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Black River Falls woman enters not guilty plea in roommate’s murder



A murder trial will be scheduled, in Jackson County, for a woman arrested last September for a fatal knife attack on her male roommate.

Kellie Schmidt of Black River Falls entered a not guilty plea to a homicide charge. Thomas Boettcher died, after bleeding heavily from serious knife wounds.

Schmidt has claimed that she was threatened by Boettcher and police saved her from hanging herself.

Judge Daniel Diehn will rule on a motion to lower Schmidt’s $75,000 cash bond, so she can be released from 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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