Kellie Schmidt, 54, entered a no-contest plea and was convicted of first degree reckless homicide as a crime of domestic violence for the death of a Jackson County man.  

On September 9, 2021, law enforcement and emergency services responded to a report of a man bleeding profusely on his neighbor’s doorstep.  The man later died at a medical facility of a fatal puncture wound.  A thorough investigation by local and state

law enforcement agencies, including the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, the Department of Justice – Division of Criminal Investigation, and Wisconsin State Crime Lab, determined that Schmidt had fatally stabbed the victim, her domestic partner, with a fillet knife.  

Schmidt then attempted to hang herself in the unattached garage of their residence before being saved by responding deputies.

The case had been set for a week-long jury trial beginning May 8 th .  Judge Diehn ordered a presentence investigation.  Sentencing is scheduled for September 15, 2023, at 1:30pm. First degree reckless homicide is a class B felony punishable by up to 60 years imprisonment.

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