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2 convicted in murder-for-hire plot

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — Two men have been convicted of hiring a hit man to kill a Waukesha County woman. Jurors deliberated about three hours before returning the verdict for Darren Wold and Jack Johnson Wednesday evening. Both were accused of hiring Justin Welch to kill 39-year-old Kimberly Smith in her Oconomowoc home in 2009. Prosecutors say Welch’s confession, guilty ...

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Drunk juror dismissed in murder-for-hire trial

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) – Officials say a juror was dismissed in the murder-for-hire trial in Waukesha County Wednesday because he was drunk when he showed up for court. Because there are alternate jurors, his dismissal won’t affect the proceeding. Sheriff’s Detective Steve Pederson tells WMTJ-TV that if the man had been stopped while driving a vehicle, he would have been ...

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Defense tries to portray confessed killer as liar

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — The defense in a Waukesha County murder-for-hire trial is attempting to portray the convicted killer as a liar. Justin Welch protested on the witness stand Tuesday when defense attorney Anthony Rosario suggested the plan to kill Kim Smith was his idea. Welch continued to maintain that he was hired to kill Smith. Darren Wold and Jack ...

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