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Necedah woman charged in fatal shooting

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MAUSTON — As Natalie N. Murphy sat in Juneau County Circuit Court Branch 2 on Friday afternoon, she quietly trembled at the defense table.

Behind her sat 25 members of her family and friends from Necedah, where she resided. Those people, who filled half of the courtroom’s spectator area, watched as Circuit Judge Paul S. Curran set bail at $250,000 for Murphy, who is charged with first-degree intentional homicide.

She was arrested after the early Thursday morning shooting death of 24-year-old Andrew B. Dammen of Mauston. Only four people connected to Dammen were at Friday’s court hearing.

Murphy faces the highest homicide charge under Wisconsin law. On conviction she could face a life sentence in prison.

Murphy, 22, is being held in the Juneau County jail.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Juneau County Circuit Court on Friday, a deputy who was called to Murphy’s apartment in Necedah at 12:50 a.m. Thursday found Dammen dead in a bedroom in Murphy’s apartment. The deputy said Murphy was screaming “He’s dead, he’s dead.” Murphy reportedly told the deputy, “I killed him … I (expletive) shot him … with that (expletive )gun right there.” The deputy who questioned Murphy reportedly spotted the handle of a Glock pistol in a dresser drawer.

At the hearing where bail was set for Murphy, District Attorney Michael Solovey told the court that “The defendant took the very same pistol and put it to her temple,” as if she wanted to shoot herself after deputies arrived to take charge of the crime scene.

“Murphy also asked a deputy if she ran if he would shoot,” Solovey said, and the deputy said Murphy told him, “She deserved to die for what she had done.” Solovey used those observations as an argument to deny bail to Murphy on the grounds she was a risk to herself, but the judge rejected that argument. However, the defense request for a $25,000 bail also was turned down.

While the exact events that led to the shooting were not discussed at Friday’s court session, the district attorney said that Dammen, who was identified in court as the father of a 13-month-old girl by Murphy, had been out playing pool in Necedah on Wednesday night, a few hours before the shooting took place. Solovey said the child was in Murphy’s apartment when the gunfire started. “This gun was fired within feet of the infant,” the district attorney said.

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