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Preliminary Hearing Set In Peshtigo Murder Case
Issue Date: May 29, 2013
Brent Leonard Kaempf, 48, 526 Thompson St., Peshtigo, will have a preliminary hearing June 27 on a charge of first degree intentional homicide with a dangerous weapon before Marinette County Circuit Court Judge James Morrison.
He is charged in the April 27 homicide death of his girlfriend Patricia Trissa Waschbisch, 45, in her home at 526 Thompson St., Peshtigo.
The preliminary hearing was set at an adjourned initial appearance held Tuesday, May 28. Kaempf, who is in custody under a $1 million cash bond, and his attorney, Jeffrey Jazgar, appeared by video means. The time limit for a preliminary hearing had been waived by Kaempf.
Jazgar was appointed to represent Kaempf at a 10:32 a.m. hearing after it was determined Kaempf had sufficient assets to pay for his own attorney through a second mortgage on real estate he owns.
Prosecuting the case is Marinette County Assistant District Attorney Kent Hoffmanm. The preliminary hearing is expected to last about two hours.
If convicted of the charge, Kaempf could face a term of life in prison.
According to court records, Waschbisch was stabbed several times with a knife during the late hours of April 27 or early morning hours of April 28. Her 13 year old daughter found her mother when she arrived home Sunday, April 28, about 7 p.m. when friends brought her home from an overnight stay at the friends home. Peshtigo Police were called and issued an alert for Kaempf who was apprehended by Wauwatosa police about 3:30 a.m. Monday, April 29.
According to court records, Kaempf told authorities he had fled Peshtigo because he had killed his girlfriend with a knife. The two reportedly had a long-term relationship and included a bit of violence. She had filed for a temporary restraining order and two months later asked it be dismissed.
Waschbisch who was well known was the Interim Director and Legal Advocate for Rainbow House Domestic Abuse Services, Inc. in Marinette. It provides services for abused families and runs a shelter facility for domestic violence victims.
Friends are organizing a fund raiser to help support the children of Waschbisch on Saturday, June 8. A benefit ride in her honor will begin at 11 a.m. at King of Clubs in Peshtigo followed by a 6 p.m. until midnight event of raffles, music, food and refreshments.