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Trial day 2: Witness says Dahms talked about stabbing people


A witness says Tyler Dahms mentioned stabbing people, the day a woman was killed and two others were stabbed in Portage County. Thea Simonis took the stand on day two of testimony in Dahms's murder trial. She recounted the events leading up to the stabbing death of Karen Dombrowski.

Simonis lived in a trailer on the property where the crime occurred. She said that Dahms and his friends slept in until about 11:00 a.m. and then decided to have a cookout. After the cookout, Simonis told the court that Dahms left with a friend to get more beer. Simonis also said that when they returned a group of adults, including Karen, Ken and Mike Dombrowski, was on the property. Those adults allegedly told Dahms and his friends to leave. Simonis said that a fight broke out and some punches were thrown. She said that Mike and Ken Dombrowski rushed at Dahms and ripped his shirt.

Simonis testified that Dahms and his friends left the property, but went back to the trailer, saying he wanted to pick up his truck. Simonis said that when Dahms returned he mentioned stabbing people, but she didn't understand what he was talking about.

Portage County Coroner Scott Rifleman also testified Tuesday. Rifleman said that when he arrived at the scene, Karen Dombrowski was already dead. He said that she had three stab wounds; one pierced her heart, one to her hip and another to her face. Rifleman said that the stab wound to her heart was probably the fatal injury. Dombrowski's body was then sent to Madison for an autopsy.

Newsline 9 reporter Anna Carrera is in court. She will have the latest as the trial progresses and on Newsline 9 at 5 and 6 p.m.

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