Carlisle gets life in murder of wife

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

— Life in prison was ordered Wednesday for a Janesville man after he pleaded guilty to murdering his estranged wife.

Krystofer R. R. Carlisle, 54, of 315 W. Racine St., Janesville, pleaded guilty Wednesday to first-degree intentional homicide. A life sentence is mandatory.

Police were called to Carlisle's home early in the morning Dec. 8 and found Traci Moyer, 46, dead in a bedroom in the home.

They found Carlisle unconscious next to her. He was barely breathing, according to court documents.

In the kitchen, police found sleeping pills and empty containers of two kinds of antidepressants, according to the search warrant executed at the home.

Carlisle was hospitalized at Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center, Janesville, where staff found a piece of white cord in Carlisle's pocket similar to the cord wrapped around his dead wife's neck, according to court documents.

In a bedroom trashcan, police found several pieces of rope and duct tape. A 27-inch strip of duct tape was stuck on the wall in a hallway.

Spread out on the kitchen counter were documents, including the title for a motorcycle, certificates from Kay Jewelers, a birth certificate and a high school diploma, according to the warrants.

An autopsy revealed Moyer died of strangulation.

Carlisle was arrested Dec. 12.

One of Moyer's daughters called police Dec. 8 after Moyer missed meeting one of her daughters after school the day before and didn't show up for work that night.

She tried to call her mom until she realized Moyer's cellphone was in her car, which was running in the driveway of the Racine Street house. The woman was unable to get into the house with her key and called 911.

Moyer was born in Elgin, Ill., and was a 1984 Harvard High School graduate. She was a line worker at USG Interiors in Walworth, according to the paid obituary her family submitted to The Gazette.

She had three children, one grandchild and another grandchild on the way, according to the obituary.

Moyer had filed for divorce 30 days before her death.

Carlisle has been in custody at the Rock County Jail on a $250,000 bond. He had pleaded not guilty Jan. 8 to the murder charge.

Judge Richard Werner on Wednesday ordered a presentence investigation. An additional sentencing hearing will take place May 2 to determine whether Carlisle will be eligible for parole, defense attorneys Megan Reed and Cynthia Stoppel said.

Nobody spoke in court Wednesday on behalf of the victim or suspect, although family members appeared to be in court supporting Moyer and Carlisle.

Last updated: 8:11 am Monday, April 29, 2013

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