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Northwoods man will stand trial for murder

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by Brittany Earl

ONEIDA COUNTY(WAOW)--William Schmidt appeared in Oneida County court Wednesday for his preliminary hearing. The Minocqua man is charged with first degree intentional homicide.

In June Minocqua Police went to Lori Schmidt's home because her parents hadn't heard from her in several days. It was then Investigators found her decomposing body wrapped in a comforter, inside the master bedroom closet.

Andy Gee, Minocqua Police Chief says, "As I came into the doorway, I detected an odor I could recognize as that of a dead body."

They also found blood spots scattered through the home. Investigators wanted to talk with Lori's husband William but he hid from police for several days. On June 24th he was arrested at his mother's home in Sheboygan County. In Virginia Karstaedt's initial interview with police she said her son admitted that day to killing Lori.

Virginia Karstaedt, Schmidt's Mother says, "I said, Billy please tell me you didn't beat her to death. He said no Mom I never hit her. He said I did kill her, she didn't suffer."

 But during the hearing her story changed.. she tells the court she wasn't sure william actually said he killed lori or she assumed it based off their conversation.

"I know I never lied about anything that day, so those things I said must be how it happened," said Karstaedt.

Schmidt's next court appearance is scheduled for October 11th, he faces life in prison if convicted.

The cause of Lori's death couldn't be determined from the autopsy, it was ruled homicide by unspecified means. The Fond du lac County medical examiner testified Wednesday that there was trauma to the left side of her neck.

Online Reporter: Brittany Earl

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