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Man held in mom’s death

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Kayla Bunge
May 28, 2008
— Walworth County prosecutors expect to bring a homicide charge against the son of a 70-year-old Linn Township woman who was found stabbed to death in her garage Friday morning.

Jeffrey Newberg, 45, is being held at the Walworth County Jail on a $100,000 cash bond pending the filing of a criminal complaint Tuesday, Walworth County District Attorney Phil Koss said this morning.


Town of Linn police were dispatched at 11:11 a.m. Friday to N1000 Highway 120, Lake Geneva, to check the welfare of Alice Newberg. When detective Will Borgen arrived, he saw Jeffrey Newberg coming out of the garage with blood on his clothes and a bump on his forehead, Koss said. Newberg said he had been drinking and fell down, Koss said.


Borgen asked Newberg who else was at the house, and Newberg replied that his mother and sister also were there, Koss said.


When Borgen talked to the sister, she said she was OK but she was concerned about her mother. Police called for an ambulance, looked in the garage and found Alice Newberg lying face-down on the garage floor, Koss said.


An autopsy Saturday showed that Alice died of multiple stab wounds to the chest, Coroner John Griebel said. Toxicology reports are pending, he said.


Jeffrey Newberg appeared in Walworth County Court over the weekend, and prosecutors asked that he be held in jail pending charges, Koss said.


Newberg appeared in court again Tuesday, and bond was continued, Koss said.


The district attorney’s office has until Tuesday to file a criminal complaint.


Koss said Newberg is the primary suspect, and prosecutors intend to file a homicide charge against him.



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