Wisconsin man convicted in fatal attack with an ax
SPARTA, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man has been found guilty of killing his step-grandfather with an ax and severely injuring two others.
The jury in Monroe County Circuit Court on Thursday convicted Thomas Aspseter, 38, of first-degree intentional homicide, two counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide, and two counts of aggravated battery involving a dangerous weapon.
Eighty-seven-year-old Bernard Waite was killed in the June 2021 attack at his home in Sparta that also wounded Waite’s brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Margaret Waite of Exeland.
Authorities say Aspseter had previously lived in Waite’s home, but had been asked to leave. A criminal complaint said the Waites returned to the home after a trip to Waukesha and found Aspseter on the property.
Bernard Waite again told Aspseter to leave and the attack took place a short time later.
According to the complaint, Aspseter shot himself in the throat with a rifle after the attack, called 911 and confessed to killing Waite.
A date for Aspseter’s sentencing has not been set yet.