DNA evidence links Clayton Courtney to Britney Cross’ murder

Posted on Thursday, July 3rd, 2014 at 2:17 pm    

Police authorities found evidence that would implicate 28-year-old Janesville resident Clayton Courtney in the death of 21-year-old Britney Cross, whose body was found last month along the Rock River, GazetteXtra reported on June 19.

Courtney was already in custody due to the alleged attempted murder of his roommate on the same night that Cross was killed by blunt force injury to her head. Deputy Chief Dan Davis said in a prepared statement that a baseball cap, a pocket-sized Bible, and a T-shirt belonging to Cross were all recovered at the scene of the crime. Blood on Cross’ pants matched Courtney’s DNA, the Wisconsin crime laboratory stated.

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Appleton man claims his 3-year-old daughter initiated sexual contact

Posted on Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 at 9:45 pm    

A 39-year-old Appleton resident has recently been sentenced to 12 years in prison plus eight years of extended supervision for sexually abusing his 3-year-old daughter

The man pleaded no contest in June 2013 to the charge of first-degree child sex assault, a felony with a maximum 60 year sentence.

Assistant District Attorney Peter Hahn said that the defendant claimed that the three-year-old girl initiated the sexual contact. The man requested for mental health treatment to be included as part of his sentence along with his incarceration.

Outagamie County Judge Mitchell Metropulos said the defendant may be playing up his mental illness “either to gain sympathy or to deflect the severity of his acts, which is problematic when we’re dealing with sexual deviancy”.

According to the criminal complaint filed in June 2012, the victim said her father liked to “play doctor” by exposing himself and touching her private areas.

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Unlikely that Janesville stabbing suspect killed three others

Posted on Friday, May 30th, 2014 at 3:26 pm    

28-year-old Janesville, Wisconsin resident Clayton Courtney, suspect in the homicide of 21-year-old girlfriend Brittany Cross, did not likely kill two other people that night, the Wisconsin State Journal reported on May 13.

Janesville Police Chief David Moore said Courtney is not a suspect in the stabbing of 75-year-old Janesville resident Mary Coulthard. Moore added that 59-year-old missing person Gerald Hockensmith was found alive and well on May 12. Roommate and stabbing victim Michael Clark revised his statement on Courtney’s speech prior to stabbing him. Originally stated as, “I have killed three people tonight. We are all going to die,” Clark more recently said the statement was, “I have killed three people.” Because of this, Janesville police expanded its investigation to cover southern Wisconsin and norther Illinois within a larger time period. The Federal Bureau of Investigation will aid in the investigation.

Courtney was charged with the attempted homicide of Clark, along with two other felony charges and three misdemeanors.

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Janesville man stabs roommate, may have killed others

Posted on Thursday, May 8th, 2014 at 6:32 pm    

Twenty-eight-year-old Janesville, Wisconsin resident Clayton Courtney nearly stabbed his roommate to death, NYDailyNews.com reported on May 5. 28-year-old Michael Clark was found in their house on N. Pontiac Drive at around 10 p.m. on Sunday, May 4.

According to the police who investigated the case, Courtney attempted to light his other roommate’s car on fire prior to the stabbing and came inside the house yelling, “I’ve already killed three people tonight.” The 32-year-old pregnant woman and her two children who also live there were uninjured.

Janesville Police Chief Dave Moore said the police department is investigating whether his alleged killing spree is connected to the body of an unidentified woman found under the Memorial Street Bridge near Rock River on the morning of May 5.

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Sexual assault trial starts for Appleton attorney David Dudas

Posted on Monday, April 28th, 2014 at 6:03 pm    

Forty-nine-year-old Appleton, Wisconsin attorney David Dudas, who is from Dale, and who is accused of beating and sexually molesting his wife over the course of a year, faced initial trial proceedings on Monday, April 22.

Dudas’ defense attorney, Andrew Erlandson, said that the couple had been fond of making their sex life colorful, adding that “evidence will show this is unusual sex, but it was consensual”, during his opening statement.

Outagamie County District Attorney Carrie Schneider, for her part, said Dudas’ affinity for violent porn made him rape his wife for a year and forced her to agree to his sexual inclinations under the threat of physical abuse.

Dudas is facing charges of second-degree reckless injury, 14 counts of second-degree sexual assault, first-degree sexual assault, substantial battery, and 12 counts of suffocation, plus misdemeanor battery and intimidation of a witness.

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Appleton lawyer’s sexual assault trial to begin on April 21

Posted on Saturday, April 19th, 2014 at 7:38 pm    

On Monday, April 21 Appleton attorney, David Dudas, 49, will face 31 counts ranging from first-degree sexual assault to felony charges of suffocation and strangulation. The trial is scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m. and will include four days of testimony.

Dudas had been taken into police custody last July after his wife called the police and reported that Dudas hit her in the head, repeatedly suffocated her, and sexually assaulted her that day. Additionally, Dudas’ wife stated that she had been subjected forceful sexual intercourse over the span of a year.

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Man takes plea deal in Grand Chute homicide

Posted on Saturday, April 5th, 2014 at 8:29 pm    

On Thursday, March 27 Michael Potts accepted a last-minute plea bargain deal before his case went to trial. In 2008, Potts was charged with homicide for a 2008 murder that took place in Grand Chute.

According to Post-Crescent Media, Potts took the deal hours before his Thursday trial and, instead, was found guilty of new charges, first-degree reckless homicide, possessing a firearm as a felon, and jumping bail.

District Attorney Carrie Schneider said the prosecution panel will suggest a 20-year jail term for Potts. However, Judge John McGinnis can still give the maximum 40-year sentence for imprisonment.

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Indianapolis Colts owner arrested for OWI

Posted on Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 at 5:15 pm    

Indianapolis Colts owner, Jim Irsay, 54, was arrested on Sunday, March 16 for operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OWI). Irsay was also charged with four counts of possession of a controlled substance.

According to police accounts, Irsay was stopped after police observed multiple instances of reckless driving,, including making sudden stops, driving at a dramatically reduced speed, and failing to signal. Lieutenant Joe Bickel of the Carmel Police Department said that Irsay failed several sobriety tests.

In response to the arrest, the National Football League (NFL) stated that Irsay will face conduct and disciplinary measures.

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Kakauna man charged with sexual assault

Posted on Monday, March 10th, 2014 at 4:13 pm    

Wisconsin resident Ryan Collins, 32, has been charged with repeated sexual assault and child enticement for having an affair with a 13-year-old girl. Preliminary hearings against Collins started on Friday, March 7.

Fox Valley Metro Police Officer, Jeff Nett, said the unidentified girl told the police that two weeks following  their initial meeting, Collins took her back to his house where they engaged in sexual activities.

According to the criminal complaint, the girl told Collins that she was 18 or 19 years old when they first met. Collins told police that he didn’t know she was underage until after the girl’s mother called him to say the girl was pregnant.

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4-H volunteer faces sexual assault charges

Posted on Monday, February 17th, 2014 at 6:03 pm    

A volunteer for the 4-H program in Calumet County has been charged with two counts of child enticement and sexual assault of a teenage girl.

Chance J. Ujazdowski, 30, of Hortonville could be sentenced to 62 years in prison if he is found guilty of all of the charges filed against him. The charges against Ujazdowski are related to incidents that occurred in Outagamie County. Allegedly, Ujazdowski initiated an inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old girl involved in the 4-H program.

Assistant District Attorney Peter Han noted that, aside from the two incidents of sexual assualt in Outagamie County, there had been other incidents in a different county that occurred in February of 2013. Ujazdowski’s defense attorney, James Long, asked the court to assign a bond for his client based only on the Outagamie County charges.

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