Arrest made in 2006 unsolved murder
Wife of murder victim Ken Juedes being held on $1 million cash bond
Thirteen years after her husband was found murdered at his home near Unity, Cindy Schulz-Juedes is now in Marathon County Jail slated for a hearing next week Friday to face a charge of first degree homicide.
On Monday, Marathon County Circuit Court Judge Michael Moran ruled there was probable cause to hold Schulz-Juedes, 65, Chippewa Falls, for the murder of her late husband, Kenneth Juedes, 58, who was shot twice at his home at H3752 Maple Rd., Unity. The judge then ordered $1 million cash bail. Wisconsin Department of Justice attorney Dick DuFour, assisting Marathon County District Attorney Theresa Wetzsteon, called for the bail amount, arguing Schulz-Juedes, who has not been charged with a crime, had the opportunity, means and motive to kill her husband with a 20 gauge shotgun on Aug. 30, 2006.
DuFour, summarizing a search warrant used to investigate the cold-case murder, said Schulz-Juedes owned a 20 gauge shotgun and stood to benefit from her husbandâ€™s $1 million life insurance policy and sale of the coupleâ€™s $200,000 rural property.
He said that while Schulz-Juedes reported the slaying to a neighbor in a white robe without a trace of blood on it, the suspect had made â€śinconsistent statements to law enforcementâ€ť that caused her to be under suspicion. DuFour said Schulz-Juedesâ€™s marriage had been a troubled one. He noted that Schulz-Juedes slept in an extremely hot, uncomfortable camper the night of the murder when she would have been cooler and more comfortable in a basement bedroom.
Public defender Trevor Peterson said law enforcement had not yet â€śput together the pieces of the puzzleâ€ť in the Juedes homicide and that bits and pieces of evidence about campers, robes and shotguns did not add up to a case against the suspect.
â€śThirteen years later, it does not lead to Ms. Schulz-Juedes,â€ť he said.
Moran, who had approved the search warrant, ruled there was probable cause to hold Schulz-Juedes in jail.
In arguments over bail, Peterson said Schulz-Juedes had remained in central Wisconsin for the past 13 years and, partially responsible for the care of a 13-year-old grandson, did not pose a flight risk. He recommended a $100,000 bond with $10,000 required in cash.
DuFour countered that Schulz-Juedes faced a â€śdifferent situationâ€ť now that she was arrested and would be charged with first degree homicide. He said the suspect needed to stay in jail with a $1 million cash bond.
Moran agreed with the prosecution.
â€śI feel a $1 million cash bond is appropriate at this time given where we are in this case,â€ť he said. â€śI am very concerned about her appearance in court.â€ť
No criminal complaint has yet been filed in the case, but it is expected one will be filed in conjunction with Schulz-Juedesâ€™ initial appearance scheduled for Friday, Dec. 13.
On Monday, the Marathon County Sheriffâ€™s Department issued a press release announcing the arrest of Schulz-Juedes.
The department said other agencies involved in the homicide investigation were the Marathon County Medical Examinerâ€™s Office, the Marathon County District Attorneyâ€™s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Wisconsin Department of Justice, the Wisconsin State Crime Lab, the Division of Criminal Investigation and the State Attorney Generalâ€™s Office.
Kenâ€™s sister, Laurie Juedes, who lives in Washington state near Seattle, said her reaction to news of Cindyâ€™s arrest was â€śrelief.â€ť Laurie said she started looking into Cindyâ€™s background shortly after her brotherâ€™s murder in 2006, and what she discovered scared her.
â€śThe more I found out about her, the more dangerous she appeared to be,â€ť she said.
Now that Cindy has been arrested and will face charges, Laurie said she hopes more arrests will follow.
â€śI know that Cindy will not go down easily,â€ť she said. â€śI think she may open up and tell detectives who else is involved in this murder.â€ť
Laurie Juedes said authorities first informed her brother, Don, last week that Cindyâ€™s arrest was imminent. That message was relayed to their 101-year-old mother, Margaret.
Laurie Juedes said she has been afraid to return to the area because she suspects other people involved in her brotherâ€™s murder may be a threat to her. She said Cindy was always at the top of that list.
â€śAs long as sheâ€™s in custody, I feel safer coming back to Wisconsin,â€ť she said.
Wisconsin Department of Justice attorney Dick DuFour, assisting Marathon County District Attorney Theresa Wetzsteon pushed for the high cash bond given the weight of the charges.