UPDATE: Man pleads guilty in Glendale homicide

UPDATE: A man charged in the November killing of a Glendale man has pleaded guilty, one day after a jury convicted his co-defendant.

Peter Holzberger

UPDATED Saturday, March 15, 2014 --- 7:56 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A man charged in the November killing of a Glendale man has pleaded guilty, one day after a jury convicted his co-defendant.

Twenty-six-year-old Ncholas Retzlaff pleaded guilty Friday to first-degree intentional homicide. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/1qGNB17 ) Retzlaff faces life in prison at his sentencing April 25. His trial had been set to start next week.

Retzlaff and 29-year-old Robert Christophel were charged with killing 65-year-old Peter Holzberger outside his home Nov. 5. Authorities say they choked, hogtied and gagged him, then twisted bungee cords tightly around his neck and buried him under a ceiling-high mound of the clutter that filled Holzberger's home. It took police a week to find his body.

The pair stole items from the house and returned several times to continue looting it.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press
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Posted: Saturday, November 16, 2013 --- 8:36 p.m.

GLENDALE, Wis. (AP) -- Two men have been charged with strangling a Glendale man to death in his own home.

The criminal complaint alleges 25-year-old Nicholas Paul Retzlaff and 28-year-old Robert Michael Christophel decided Nov. 5 to steal things from the home of 65-year-old Peter Holzberger. It says they tied him up and carried him to a basement bedroom where they used boxes, clothing and other items from the cluttered home to conceal his body.

After a friend reported Holzberger missing, police searched his home Nov. 10 but did not find him until they returned three days later.

Both suspects are being held in the Milwaukee County Jail. They were charged Friday with first-degree intentional homicide and burglary. Online court records don't list an attorney for either man.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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