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Motions denied in 10-year-old homicide case

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Kayla Bunge
February 18, 2009
— A judge Tuesday denied the majority of motions filed by a Burlington man charged with killing his wife and dumping her body into Geneva Lake more than 10 years ago.

David A. Brossard, 40, is charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the death of Dawn M. Brossard, who was 29 when she disappeared in 1997. Police say he used a distinctive hex bolt to affix chains and concrete blocks to her body to anchor it to the bottom of Geneva Lake.


Dawn Brossard was reported missing Oct. 25, 1997, after she didn’t arrive for work at the State Financial Bank of Waterford in Burlington, according to the criminal complaint.


Her body was found at the bottom of Geneva Lake in July 2003. The bolts, chains and concrete blocks used to hold her body to the bottom are similar to those used at Anchor Marine, the Burlington business where David worked in 1997 as a mechanic, according to the complaint.


In court Tuesday, Walworth County Judge James Carlson denied defense motions to:


-- Dismiss the case. The defense said prosecutors produced insufficient evidence at the preliminary hearing Sept. 24. The judge said the evidence was sufficient.


-- Strike paragraphs from the criminal complaint. The judge said it was not necessary to omit the statements because even if they were removed, there still was sufficient probable cause to charge Brossard.


-- Suppress evidence obtained with the execution of a search warrant in December 2005. The defense said police used “stale” information to convince a judge to issue the search warrant. Carlson said it was reasonable in an ongoing investigation that police would obtain new information, making stronger a case for requesting a search warrant.


Carlson granted three defense motions to withhold some evidence from the jury. The jury will not be told about a pending lawsuit between David and a life insurance company regarding the payout for Dawn’s death or about David’s prior criminal record, nor will the jury be shown pictures of Dawn’s remains.


Brossard remains in custody on a $500,000 cash bond. His jury trial is set to begin Aug. 17.



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