Prosecutors displayed five-year-old Evelyn Miller’s autopsy during the murder trial of 35-year-old Casey Frederiksen on March 6 at the Hamilton County District Court in Wisconsin, the Globe Gazette reported on March 6.
Jerri McLemore, the doctor who performed Evelyn’s autopsy, told the jury that the cause of death of the little girl was sharp-force injuries – stabs and slashes – and that the weapon used to kill her might very well have been a knife.
Items from another suspect, Randy Patrie, were tested for traces of the young girl’s DNA, but none was found. Evelyn’s clothes in particular would be difficult to test, as they were covered in mud and had been through the river.
The attorneys at Kohler & Hart, SC, in Milwaukee effectively, competently, and aggressively handle criminal defense cases including murder or homicide, sexual offenses, or drug cases. If you are facing charges like this, it is important to enlist the help of a competent defense team as early on in the process as possible. Call our offices at (414) 271-9595 to learn more.
Two suspects in an attempted murder case – both young girls – each told the Waukesha County Circuit Court on February 24 that the other was the initiator in a plan to stab to death a classmate, NBC News reported.
The two girls, who were both 12-years-old at the time of the stabbing in May 2014, were questioned separately mere hours after the 12-year-old girl victim was found alive and with stab wounds in the Milwaukee suburb of Waukesha.
The suspects were arrested while walking by the side of the highway near where the victim was found. Both girls told authorities that they were on their way to the Nicolet National Forest in northern Wisconsin, where they allegedly were going to meet up with the Slender Man.
The Slender Man is an Internet meme created by Something Awful forums user Eric Knudsen, who goes by the name of Victor Surge online, in 2009. The Slender Man is known for kidnapping and terrorizing people, especially children.
The suspects told authorities that they wanted to kill people who did not believe the Slender Man existed.
Our attorneys at Kohler & Hart, SC, in Milwaukee work on behalf of those charged with crimes for the best possible result from that case – ideally a reduction or altogether elimination of the charges. Call our offices today at (414) 271-9595 to speak with one of our experienced criminal defense attorneys today.
On Tuesday, February 17, the Courthouse News Service in Waukesha, Wisconsin reported that a doctor testified that an alleged attempted homicide defendant really believed in “Slenderman,” a fictional online character who told her to attack a friend.
Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, both 12, are being tried as adults in the near-fatal stabbing of their friend, Payton Leutner, also 12, after the three girls had had a sleepover. In previous hearings, the girls were found “fit to stand trial” as adults; however, Geyser’s attorney is trying to highlight “mitigating circumstances” that could send the case to juvenile court as a second-degree crime. These circumstances, according to the attorney, include that Geyser really believed that Slenderman would hurt her and her family if she did not kill Leutner. The attorney claimed that Geyser’s actions were “unnecessary defensive force.”
Psychologist Dr. Deborah Collins has also testified that Geyser blurred fantasy and reality, testimony which could also affect the defense’s case. Weier’s attorneys are arguing that Geyser was the instigator, and that Weier is normally a “rule-follower”.
If you or your child is facing criminal charges, having a strong defense is critical. Fortunately, in Wisconsin, the Milwaukee attorneys of Kohler & Hart, S.C., can help build your defense. Contact our offices today by calling 888-565-7597 to learn more and talk with one of our representatives.
Forty-year-old Milwaukee resident Kris Zocco was sentenced to 19 years of imprisonment after being convicted of child pornography charges in November 2014 and pleading guilty to drug charges in December of the same year, the Wisconsin Law Journal reported on February 2.
Prosecutors for the case asked the judge for a sentence of nearly 50 years; however, Judge Daniel Konkol he was not charged with homicide, and his sentence should not reflect anything but the case at hand.
Zocco became a person of interest after his girlfriend Kelly Dwyer went missing some time in 2013. Zocco told police investigators that he and Dwyer had bought and used cocaine together in Zocco’s apartment on Oct. 10, 2013, but that he had not seen her since.
Zocco’s legal counsel said his client did not know that child pornography had been stored in his computer when police confiscated the device in relation to the investigation of Dwyer’s disappearance. The defense alleged that Dwyer’s position in information technology meant that his computer was filled with data from other people’s computers.
If you have been charged with a serious crime in Milwaukee, it is essential that you seek dedicated legal counsel as early on as possible. Contact the criminal defense attorneys at Kohler & Hart, SC, by calling (414) 271-9595 today to begin building a defense.
Marty Kohler, Michael Hart, and Daniel Sanders with Kohler & Hart, SC, were recently able to have the homicide charges against their client, Kandi Siveny, dismissed. Siveny was charged with homicide for the 2007 death of Lara Plamann. The district attorney in the case, Carrie Schneider, stated that the prosecution requested a dismissal due to changing evidence and facts. You can read more about this decision by clicking here.
The Delaware State Police has reported that they arrested 32-year-old Paterson, New Jersey resident Davon Tucker on Tuesday, January 20 after discovering heroin inside his car after pulling him over for speeding in Milton, according to kxan.com.
According to the police, Tucker presented them with a bag of marijuana after they asked him about the smell of pot in the car. They then searched the vehicle, and during the search, the officers allegedly found 15,000 wax-paper baggies the size of postage stamps filled with heroin. Experts estimated the drugs to be worth about $150,000.
Tucker is being held on a number of drug related charges.
Our legal team at Kohler & Hart, SC can be counted on to competently and aggressively fight on your behalf should you get charged with a drug crime in Milwaukee or other area in Wisconsin. In cases like these, time is essential; call our offices today at (414) 271-9595.
Leah Jean Waldhart is accused of killing her boyfriend in 2001 and is pleading not guilty to the charges. Today her trial was postponed because Judge Alan White heard from District Attorney Jane Kohlwey that prosecutors discovered issues with evidence that was supposed to be analyzed by the Wisconsin Crime Lab before this point. According to Kohlwey, some fingerprint evidence is being held by the lab in order to review an investigator’s work. Also, some DNA evidence has yet to be tested.
Waldhart’s trial was supposed to begin Feb. 2, and Judge White expressed his disappointment with the Crime Lab’s delays. He said the delay was “totally inexcusable,” considering the high stakes at hand, for both the defendant and the victim’s family.
Delays in criminal cases can extend the stress and difficulties of the trial process. If you are facing criminal charges in Wisconsin, it’s critical that you have an attorney at your side who can handle any unexpected developments in court or in evidence. The criminal defense attorneys of Kohler & Hart, SC, help Milwaukee defendants build a strong legal defense and work to guard them against harsh conviction penalties. Contact our offices today by calling (414) 271-9595 to learn how we may work to protect your rights and interests.
A man who posted nude pictures of his Milwaukee, Wisconsin ex-girlfriend is now facing a trial for revenge porn was scheduled to appear in court on December 31, the Journal Sentinel reported.
According to a criminal complaint, the woman’s ex-boyfriend, 31-year-old Milwaukee resident Keslin Jean Jacques, said he wouldn’t be liable for posting nude and seminude pictures of the complainant on the Internet as Wisconsin Governor Scott Kevin Walker has yet to sign the bill that outlaws it.
Bad news for Jean Jacques, as Walker had signed the bill into law enactment on April 22, 2014, making Jean Jacques one of the first people to be charged with the crime in Wisconsin.
The criminal offense, which was defined as publishing a sexually explicit image without consent, is categorized as a misdemeanor that can result in incarceration for nine months, and culprits may be required to pay a $10,000 fine.
Should you be charged with a criminal offense in Milwaukee, our legal team at Kohler & Hart, SC, may advocate on behalf of your rights and interests for the best possible result from your case. Call our offices today at (414) 271-9595 for an initial appointment with our legal professionals.
In criminal cases, many people mistakenly believe that they will have to testify in court. However, you are not required to do so, and oftentimes, your defense attorney may advise against it. It is important to remember, though, that testifying in court in your own defense case is your right, and with the help of a criminal defense attorney, you may wish to consider this option. Also, remember that you have the right to “plead the fifth,” which means that you can refuse to give testimony that would incriminate yourself.
Always discuss potential testimony with your attorney in your criminal defense case. If you are facing criminal charges in Milwaukee, the criminal defense lawyers of Kohler & Hart SC may be able to build you a strong defense, which could include your personal testimony. Contact our offices today to learn more by calling 888-565-7597.
A Wisconsin judge has stated that two girls accused of attempted homicide are fit to stand trial, according to reports from People. The two girls, Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser, have been accused of near-fatally stabbing a classmate during a game of hide-and-seek, all to appease the fictional online character Slender Man. Payton Leutner, the victim, was stabbed 19 times after a slumber party at Geyser’s home.
Weier’s defense attorney argued that Weier was “mentally unfit” to stand trial, calling on the testimony of two doctors who said she couldn’t “adequately aid her defense.” Wisconsin’s state doctor Robert Rawski, however, came to a different conclusion, and his testimony influenced Judge Michael Bohren to believe Weier comprehended her situation and the charges brought against her enough to stand trial. Geyser’s attorney did not initially dispute the state’s finding, but may use her diagnosis of schizophrenia to claim her mentally unfit.
Weier and Geyser, under Wisconsin law, face criminal charges of attempted homicide and could be tried as adults. Wisconsin law dictates that perpetrators older than 10 may be tried as such, although the girls’ attorneys are working to get the case moved to juvenile court, where penalties would be less severe.
Facing criminal charges in Wisconsin can be frightening, especially as a young adult. The attorneys at Kohler & Hart, SC, provide comprehensive and aggressive defense of their clients in Milwaukee. If you have questions about juvenile trials or criminal charges, contact our Milwaukee offices at (414) 271-9595 today. The sooner you act, the better your chances are of receiving a favorable result from your case.