Middleton stands mute to charges of hiding, mutilating corpse

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Gazette staff
Tuesday, January 7, 2014

JANESVILLE—The man accused of burning the corpse of a Fitchburg woman last fall  appeared in Rock County Court on Tuesday. He stood mute, and a not-guilty plea was entered on his behalf.

Authorities have said that Nathan C. Middleton admitted to them he met Aprina Paul through a Craigslist ad Oct. 27, took her to his home at 12016 W. Highway 14, Evansville, paid her for sex and watched her snort a drug in his living room, according to a criminal complaint.

When he awoke the next morning, Aprina Paul, 18, was dead, Middleton told investigators.

Middleton, 29, told investigators he built a fire pit in his backyard and burned the body there.

Paul's remains have been sent to a Texas laboratory. Investigators have said they don't know when or if evidence of how Paul died would be discovered.

Middleton on Tuesday also stood mute to the charge of attempted escape. He is accused of concocting a plot to escape from the Rock County Jail that included having his mother blow a hole in the jail wall.


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