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Grandson charged with developer’s murder (UPDATE)

Richard Wilson, 17, is escorted into a hearing room at the Waukesha County Courthouse on Tuesday. Wilson is accused of murdering his grandfather, real estate developer Ron Siepmann, on Sunday. (Staff photo by Kevin Harnack)

Richard Wilson, 17, is escorted into a hearing room at the Waukesha County Courthouse on Tuesday. Wilson is accused of murdering his grandfather, real estate developer Ron Siepmann, on Sunday. (Staff photo by Kevin Harnack)

Seventeen-year-old Richard Wilson was charged Tuesday in Waukesha County Circuit Court with first-degree intentional homicide of his grandfather, Ron Siepmann, a Pewaukee developer.

If convicted, Wilson, a Fox Point resident, could be sentenced to life in prison.

According to the criminal complaint, Martha Wilson — Richard Wilson’s mother and Siepmann’s daughter — found Siepmann, 78, dead in a shed on the property of his town of Merton home late Sunday morning.

Siepmann, according to the complaint, sustained defensive wounds to his hand and head injuries that apparently came from several blows from an ax, which was found near the body.

Richard Wilson was with other family members on the property when his mother discovered Siepmann’s body, according to the complaint.

At the request of Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel, Intake Court Commissioner Martin Binn set cash bail at $2 million for Wilson.

At the hearing — attended by Schimel, Wilson and his defense attorney, Jennifer Dorow — Binn called the crime “graphic,” “brutal” and “horrific.” Wilson did not make a statement during the hearing.

Schimel said Wilson, who wore a protective green smock to the hearing, has a history of mental instability, had been off his medication at the time of the murder and also had made additional threats to other family members.

Binn ordered that Wilson undergo a competency evaluation before his next court date, which was set for May 26.

Dorow, of Huppertz & Dorow SC, Waukesha, recommended a bail of $500,000, given that Wilson had no prior criminal record, but she conceded to the mental health evaluation.

In an interview, Schimel said he could not speculate about whether Wilson would be competent to stand trial. Schimel also said that, as of Tuesday, investigators had not identified a motive for the murder.

According to the complaint, Martha Wilson said her son was diagnosed with schizophrenia in November.

The Siepmann family on Tuesday released a statement thanking people for their support and requesting privacy.

“Life will not be the same without him,” according to the statement, “and he will be terribly missed.”

Siepmann founded Siepmann Realty Corp. in 1943.

Associate editor Caley Clinton also contributed to this report.

Court Commissioner Martin Binn presides as Richard Wilson, the suspect in the murder of his grandfather, real estate developer Ron Siepmann, appears in a Waukesha County Courthouse in Waukesha on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Mike De Sisti)

Court Commissioner Martin Binn presides as Richard Wilson, the suspect in the murder of his grandfather, real estate developer Ron Siepmann, appears in a Waukesha County Courthouse in Waukesha on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Mike De Sisti)

9 comments

  1. i honestly hope this puke of a human being, skitso or not, never gets to set foot on the sidewalks of freedom ever again. what a worthless little………….

  2. I’ve been friends with Richard for 12 years. The murder was so out of the ordinary that it still hasn’t set in. Before his skitso, Richard was one of the people that I could trust the most as well as being very nice to me and everyone he was with. That mental condition changed him in more ways than we can comprehend. I’m so unbelievably sorry for the family, as I know them well. Condolences to everyone in the family and good luck to a friend gone astray.

    R.I.P.
    RS

  3. thenicoletturtle

    I am also a good friend of Richard’s. He was one of my best friends. Last summer we hung out almost every day. Schizophrenia took control of him and changed him forever. He would never hurt a fly, until November, then everything changed. I am so terribly sorry this happened to him, he was a great kid. I cannot imagine what his family is going through. Every bit of my love goes out to them. I hope Richard can find a way to come back to reality, for his own sake.

    RIP my good friend, RS.
    Much love.

  4. thenicoletturtle

    And to you, bruceben,
    You should be absolutely ashamed of yourself. A mental disorder can take control of anyone. It is not his fault that schizophrenia warped his reality. If I were you, I would respectfully give my condolences to the family. You are the puke of a human being, for thinking you know Richard. I would never wish this tragedy on anyone, but I do wish you will one day experience even a fraction of the pain his family is going through, then you will see.

  5. bruceben9: Please know that Richard is loved by many. He was raised in a wonderful family and surrounded by positive people his entire life. I know his mother, and she is beautiful inside and out. She is hurting. She has lost her father in a horrific way at the hands of her son, who is deeply lost in his illness. It is painful loving someone most of the world rejects. She loves him and he clearly needs help — not to be called names. Remember that before you pass judgement. Mental illness can happen to anyone.

    Be well.

  6. well folks, the look on this kid’s face entering the courtroom and others doesn’t show me any remorse or even ‘what did i do?’ when i read or hear a statement from this kid taking responsibility in any way i will consider another point of view. god bless his granfather’s soul

  7. Hey bruce, did you listen to us? Did you listen to the news? Did even you google schizophrenia? He probably didn’t show remorse because he has SCHIZOPHRENIA. I speak for more then 20 people when I write this, so my advice would be to back down, rather then try to back yourself up.

  8. Thank you friends of Richard for explaining to bruce and anybody else that have no idea how a mental illness can affect a person’s mind. Jen – your statement is what everybody needs to hear. This is a loving family and I cannot even begin to know the pain they and Richard’s mother must be going through. I only hope they can one day find peace and understanding.

  9. anonymous friend

    I never knew richard. but my family happens to be good friends of ron siepmann. to hear this story is absolutely heartbreaking and i know what mental illness can do to someone and change the dynamics of a family. I in fact had an experience where something like this almost happened to me only 7 months ago… i have a family member who is bipolar and stopped taking his meds… he was a different person. and there was an incident between him and i. i was alone with him and my life was threatened, only i was lucky enough to escape with my life…ron was not so lucky. so with this story, im torn. i feel for richard and i know how such an illness takes a toll on an individual. i feel for his family, not only because of what happened, but because i know how difficult it is to live with or love someone dealing with such problems. but i also know what it is like to fear someone like richard, for i still fear my own family member who threatened my life, even though he is doing better than ever…its just something i will never forget. my prayers go out to the family and even to richard. may he regain his conscious and be strong enough to take responsibility for his actions and find peace with himself. and let this be a lesson to families who are dealing with a loved one with these kind of problems, not taking their medication is NEVER an option. may ron siepmann rest in peace and may the siepmann and wilson families take care in the difficult days that lie ahead.

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