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Homicide Suspect Ware’s trial date changes again

February 17, 2018 GMT

JUNEAU — The date for Laverne Ware Jr.’s homicide trial was changed for a second time on Thursday, moved up two weeks to allow for the lead detective to testify.

Defense attorney Donna Kuchler appeared in Dodge County Circuit Court on Thursday with Ware and requested the court date be moved. Kuchler said she has a surgery scheduled for March 12 that requires six weeks of recovery time, meaning she would not be ready for Ware’s trial, which was set to begin April 9.

Judge Brian Pfitzinger rescheduled the planned two-week trial to begin Oct. 1. However, while the Dodge County District Attorney’s Office was contacting witnesses in the case, they learned that the lead detective would be unavailable to appear in early October, so the trial was rescheduled to begin on Sept. 17.

Ware is accused of fatally shooting his girlfriend Sesalie Dixon, who was also his first cousin. Her body was found Dec. 4, 2016, in the passenger seat of a truck owned by Ware that was parked in a garage at his mother’s Fox Lake residence. An autopsy revealed that Dixon died of three gunshots to the head.

Ware, 37, is charged with first-degree homicide, hiding a corpse, incest and two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm. He could face life in prison on the homicide charge. Ware has been in custody at the Dodge County Jail since January 2016 on a $2.5 million cash bond.