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Preliminary hearing waived on charges of soliciting murders

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Pedro Oliveira Jr.
February 6, 2010
— An East Troy man charged with soliciting the murders of three Walworth County officials will proceed to trial after waiving a preliminary hearing Friday.

John K. Gorman, 51, is accused of plotting the murders of Assistant District Attorney Diane Donohoo, East Troy police officer Kevin Weber and Village of East Troy Clerk Alita Bourdo.


Gorman tried to eliminate the three officials for prosecuting criminal cases against him, according to the criminal complaint.


He was scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Waukesha County court Friday but waived his right to the hearing.


Defense attorney Christopher Kuehn on Friday requested a judge substitution. Gormanís next scheduled appearance is on hold until a new judge is appointed.


Gorman is charged in Waukesha County with three counts of soliciting first-degree homicide because meetings with an undercover officer posing as a hit man took place in Mukwonago.


Walworth County cases against the East Troy man include stalking Bourdo, several counts of bail jumping and possession of firearms, which is a violation of his bond on a previous case.


Gorman is being held on $200,000 bond.



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