Attempted homicide suspect arrested

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Pedro Oliveira Jr.
Saturday, August 22, 2009

The suspect in an attempted homicide was found in a Whitewater home Friday when a probation and parole agent checked on a client who lived at the residence, the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Martin J. Nelson, 22, is suspected of slashing the throat of Michael L. Obinger, 60, about 5 a.m. Thursday at the home they shared at W6577 Kettle Moraine Drive in La Grange Township southeast of Whitewater.

Nelson fled on foot after slashing Obinger, prompting law enforcement officials to search for him in Walworth, Rock and surrounding counties, the sheriff’s office reported.

Undersheriff Kurt Picknell said a probation and parole agent was aware of the search but found Nelson at the home by coincidence.

The probation agent was visiting a different person. After noticing Nelson was also in the home, the agent notified authorities, who arrested Nelson.

Nelson was charged Friday with two felony bail-jumping counts for allegedly committing a crime and consuming alcohol. Both violate conditions of his bond in a previous case.

According to the criminal complaint, Obinger said he woke up and found blood on himself from a cut from the left side of his chin down toward his shoulder. Obinger said he looked up and saw Nelson standing over him with a knife, according to the complaint.

Obinger underwent surgery as a result of the wound, according to the complaint. He was treated at Aurora Lakeland Medical Center in Elkhorn and transported with critical injuries to Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital in Wauwatosa. He was in satisfactory condition Friday afternoon.

Picknell said officials have located what they believe to be the weapon.

Other details, including the relationship between the men and the motive for the attack, remain under investigation, he said.

The bail-jumping charges stem from a mid-June incident when Nelson was charged with second-degree recklessly endangering safety, aggravated battery and disorderly conduct. In that case, Nelson is accused of trying to stab his then-boyfriend, Scott A. Hayes Jr., with a 15-inch dagger at their residence. He fled the scene but later was stopped by police, according to the criminal complaint. He also was charged with second-offense drunken driving and operating after revocation.

Court records show that Obinger co-signed a cash bond for Nelson at that time. Online court records also indicate Nelson moved in with Obinger in late June; he changed his address from a home in Whitewater to the residence in La Grange Township.

Assistant District Attorney Diane Donohoo, who filed the bail-jumping charges Friday, declined to comment.

Nelson remains locked up in Walworth County Jail.

Last updated: 11:06 am Thursday, December 13, 2012

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