Preliminary hearing set for Humphrey

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Gazette Staff
Thursday, June 10, 2010
— The man accused in Fridayís fatal shooting was back in court Wednesday, but his attorney didnít argue for reduction of his clientís $1 million bond.

James M. Humphrey, 44, of 1473 Marquette St., Janesville, is charged with first-degree reckless homicide in the West Court Street shooting death of Sam M. Aegerter, 30, Janesville.

Rock County prosecutors filed the charge Tuesday, and Court Commissioner Charles Holznecht set bond for Humphrey at $1 million.

Defense attorney Jack Hoag had said he would argue Wednesday against the bond amount, but the topic didnít come up.

Other Rock County murder suspects have had $1 million bonds, including:

-- Kyle E. Hicke of Milton, who was sentenced in May for fatally shooting Erica Ostenson in April 2009, had been held on $1 million cash bond in 2009.

-- Shawn O. Brooks of Beloit, who was convicted in the March 2007 murder of Julienne McGuire in Beloit, had a cash bond of $1 million, set by Holznecht.

To convict Humphrey of first-degree reckless homicide, prosecutors must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he caused Aegerterís death, that his actions showed utter disregard for human life, that the conduct created a risk of death or great bodily harm, that the risk was unreasonable and substantial and that he was aware that his conduct created the risk.

If convicted, Humphrey would face a maximum of 60 years in prison.

Police had arrested Humphrey on a charge of first-degree intentional homicide, which for a conviction requires proof of intent to kill.

The case against Humphrey relies heavily on statements from Richard T. Hall, who police say was the motorcyclist who was riding with Humphrey the night of the shooting.

A preliminary hearing for Humphrey is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Friday, July 2.


Benefits are being organized for the family of Sam Aegerter, the victim in Fridayís fatal shooting.

They include an event from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 10, at Sneakers Sports Bar & Grill, 1221 Woodman Road, Janesville.

In Milton, an event is tentatively scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, July 17. Details will be announced as they become available.

A memorial fund for Aegerterís children has been established. Donations may be dropped off at any M&I Bank branch or mailed to M&I Bank, care of the Sam Aegerter Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 5000, Janesville, WI 53547-5000. Checks should be made out to the Sam Aegerter Memorial Fund.

Last updated: 2:07 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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