Jury trial scheduled in Dodge County homicide case
JUNEAU – A four-day jury trial has been scheduled to start Sept. 9 for Nigel Schultz who is accused in the shooting death of Beaver Dam resident Bradlee Gerke.
Schultz is charged with first-degree intentional homicide, hiding a corpse, theft from a 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 Beaver Dam woman, has been charged as an accomplice in the case. Wolc has a telephone scheduling conference on July 9.
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.
Schultz allegedly convinced Gerke to go to the location and shot Gerke in the back of the head. The complaint says Schultz then picked up another gun and shot Gerke 15 more times in the head and chest. The complaint says that Schultz then tried to burn the body, but was unable to do so and stole items from the body before burying him on the property.
Schultz was later located in Wolc’s apartment in Beaver Dam.
Schultz has a long criminal history, with felony convictions for violent offenses dating to when he was 17. Schultz’s probation was revoked for a 2016 conviction in February and he was sentenced to five years in prison and five years of probation.
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 has been in custody since Nov. 1. He is currently housed at Green Bay Correctional Institution.