Judge Steven Bauer (copy)

Judge Steven Bauer

JUNEAU — A preliminary hearing for a 20-year-old homicide suspect, who is accused of shooting a Beaver Dam man, was postponed for two weeks while legal representation is sought.

Nigel Schultz remains in custody in the Dodge County Jail on a $5 million cash bond. He has been in custody since Nov. 1.

Schultz stands accused of first-degree intentional homicide in the death of Bradlee Gerke, 32. Schultz is also charged with hiding a corpse, theft from person or corpse, and two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon. He could face life in prison if convicted of the homicide charge.

Rebecca Wolc, a 32-year-old woman formerly of Beaver Dam, has been charged as an accomplice in the case. Wolc is charged with harboring or aiding a felon. Her preliminary hearing is today. Wolc is free on a $1,000 cash bond.

Schultz appeared before Dodge County Circuit Court Steven Bauer who said Schultz might qualify for a public defender now and wanted further information about why the public defender said Schultz didn’t qualify during his initial hearing.

Schultz said he felt he could go forward with his preliminary hearing Thursday without an attorney, but the court decided to postpone it until Dec. 20 while a representative for Schultz was sought.

According to criminal complaints, the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office received a call at 6:15 p.m. Oct. 31, alerting them that there was a body at N901 Redwing Road northwest of Ashippun in Dodge County. Gerke’s body was recovered that night.

The location of the body was reported by two people who own the property where Gerke’s body was found, according to the criminal complaint. Both the people knew Schultz. One of them told police Schultz said he shot someone breaking into the house on Oct. 28 and that she should not tell anyone. That witness said she had seen the body and both witnesses helped police responding on Oct. 31 locate the site where Gerke’s remains were found.

The other witness told police that Schultz had told him he “ran someone out of the house” and that he had met with Schultz to discuss the incident at a gas station in Ashippun. He told police the license plate of the van Schultz was in when they met and police found it was registered to Wolc.

According to the criminal complaint, Schultz originally told police that the property owner who reported the dead body had shot Gerke, but later admitted that he was the one who shot Gerke. He said he shot Gerke in the back of the head with a derringer gun and multiple times with a .22 caliber rifle. The autopsy found that there were 10 gunshot wounds to the head and six gunshot wounds to the chest.

Schultz has a long criminal history, with felony convictions for violent offenses dating to when he was 17 years old. According to the homicide complaint, Schultz told police that prior to Oct. 28, he believed Gerke was going to report him to authorities so his probation would be revoked.

Schultz was located in Wolc’s former apartment on Lake Crest Drive in Beaver Dam in the early morning of Nov. 1. However, according to the criminal complaint, Wolc originally denied he was in her apartment. Schultz eventually surrendered himself.

The complaint says that Wolc denied knowing that Gerke had been shot before admitting she had seen Gerke’s body after he was shot and that she and Schultz told Gerke’s mother, who had been watching Wolc’s children, he had gone to La Crosse with a woman.

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