UPDATE: Deadly Shooting at Tavern in Jefferson

UPDATED: Thursday, December 9, 2010 --- 7:10p.m.

(AP) -- A man will spend 10 years in prison after being convicted on lesser charges in the fatal shootings of an Oconomowoc police officer and her boyfriend outside of a Jefferson tavern.

Andrew Wirth was sentenced Thursday in Jefferson County Court.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Wirth received the maximum sentence on each count -- five years in prison and five years extended supervision. The sentences will run consecutively.

Wirth was accused in the 2009 killings of police officer Jennifer Luick and her boyfriend, Gregg Peters. He was convicted on two counts of homicide by negligent handling of a dangerous weapon, but acquitted on two counts of first-degree intentional homicide.

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Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

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UPDATED Sunday, October 31, 2010 --- 5:39 p.m.

Update from our news partner, WITI-TV Milwaukee:

The jury has reached a verdict in the Andrew Wirth double murder trial. He was found not guilty of first degree intentional homicide. The jury did find him guilty of two counts of homicide by negligent handling of a dangerous weapon.

Andrew Wirth killed off-duty Oconomowoc Police Officer Jennifer Luick and her boyfriend Gregg Peters outside the Rock Bottom Tavern in Jefferson.

Investigators say the shootings occurred during an altercation in the parking lot outside the Rock Bottom Saloon and Eatery in Jefferson early on Sunday, December 6th. Wirth allegedly took offense when Luick playfully pinched or patted his buttocks. When Peters later confronted Wirth about his response to Luick's actions, the trio stepped outside and the verbal dispute escalated into the shootings. Wirth claimed the he was only acting in self defense.

The verdict handed down carries the least amount of jail time than the other charges Wirth was facing. The maximum penalty for each count is 10 years imprisonment.

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Posted Thursday, October 28, 2010 --- 10:00 a.m.

JEFFERSON, Wis. (AP) -- Witnesses to the fatal shooting of an off-duty officer and her boyfriend at a Jefferson tavern recalled, with pain and tears, the night their friends were killed.

Their testimony came in the Jefferson County trial of Andrew Wirth, who's accused of shooting Jennifer Luick and Gregg Peters.

Angela Honkan was at the Rock Bottom bar with Luick and Peters last December. She described Luick as fun loving and testified Luick pinched Wirth on the bottom. Honkan says Wirth became angry and Luick told him to relax.

WITI-TV reports Alicia Koehler testified she saw Wirth with a gun to Peters' neck outside the tavern, went inside to have someone call 911, then saw Peters stumble back inside, asking her for help.

A jury from Columbia County is hearing testimony in Jefferson County Circuit Court.

Information from:
WITI-TV
http://www.fox6now.com

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UPDATED Monday, December 14, 2009 --- 9:28 p.m.

NEW BERLIN, Wis. (AP) -- Family, friends and fellow cops have paid their respects to a slain Oconomowoc police officer.

Jennifer Luick was off duty when she and her boyfriend were shot and killed at a bar in Jefferson last week.

Hundreds of officers from different departments attended her funeral Monday.

The 37-year-old Luick, who was the daughter of a police officer, leaves behind an 11-year-old son.

Andrew Wirth, of Jefferson, is charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the deaths of Luick and her boyfriend, Gregg Peters.

The 24-year-old is due in court Tuesday for a preliminary hearing. Five deputies had to subdue him when he stood up in court, shouted profanities and fought with officers at an earlier court appearance.

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UPDATED Tuesday, December 8, 2009 --- 6:10 a.m.

JEFFERSON, Wis. (AP) -- A man accused of killing a police officer and her boyfriend was restrained by five deputies during an outburst in a southern Wisconsin courtroom.

Deputies jumped on Andrew Wirth and pinned him to a table after he stood up in court, shouted profanities and fought with officers.

The deputies carried Wirth from the courtroom as he continued to struggle. Authorities say an electronic stun gun was used on the 25-year-old defendant.

WTMJ-TV reports a judge, moments before, set bail at $1 million. Wirth is accused of fatally shooting off-duty Town of Oconomowoc police officer Jennifer Luick and Gregg Peters following a dispute at a Jefferson bar early Sunday.

Information from
WTMJ-TV
http://www.todaystmj4.com

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UPDATED Monday, December 7, 2009 --- 4:50 p.m.

A murder suspect became unruly in a Jefferson County Courtroom.

Suspect Andrew Joshua Wirth got agitated this afternoon. He attempted to get up during his appearance in court. Wirth was then tackled and taken away by officers.

Wirth is accused of fatally shooting off duty officer Jennifer Luick and her boyfriend, Gregg Peters, outside a nightclub in the city of Jefferson early Sunday morning.

Cash bail is set at one-million dollars.

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UPDATED Sunday, December 6, 2009 --- 4:37 p.m.

Release from the Town of Oconomowoc Police Department:

During the early morning hours of December 6, 2009, the Town of Oconomowoc Police Department lost one of its members in an off-duty incident.

Officer Jennifer (Jenni) Luick, a 6 year veteran with the department was fatally injured during an incident outside a nightclub in the City of Jefferson, Wisconsin.

The City of Jefferson is handling the investigation, and any inquiries regarding the investigation should be directed to their agency.

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Jefferson Police Department Press Release:

On December 6, 2009, 1:25 AM a shooting occurred in the City of Jefferson. This occurred outside a downtown tavern. A male and female were shot. The female died at a local hospital. The male died at a Milwaukee area hospital later.

A male suspect was arrested with the cooperation of the Fort Atkinson Police Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department. The Jefferson Police Department has interviewed three witnesses and served two search warrants today related to this incident. We continue to investigate this shooting.

We are currently waiting to finalize the notification of relatives.

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UPDATED Sunday, December 6, 2009 --- 2:59 p.m.

JEFFERSON, Wis. (AP) — Two people are dead after a shooting early Sunday outside bar in downtown Jefferson, which is near Madison in south-central Wisconsin.

The Daily Jefferson County Union reports the victims are a woman from outside the county and an unidentified man.

The woman died at Fort Memorial Hospital in Fort Atkinson and the Jefferson County coroner's office reports the man died Sunday morning at a Milwaukee hospital.

Coroner Patrick Theder says neither victim is being identified, pending notification of their families.

Jefferson police say the shooting happened in the parking lot outside the Rock Bottom Saloon and Eatery on Milwaukee Street shortly after 1 a.m. A 24-year-old man has been taken into custody.

The investigation continues.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press

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Posted: Sunday, December 6, 2009 --- 5:21 a.m.

Release from Jefferson Police Department:

On December 6, shortly after 1AM a shooting occurred in the City of Jefferson. This occurred outside a downtown tavern. A male and female were shot. The female died at a local hospital. The male is being treated for his injuries.

A male suspect was arrested with the cooperation of the Fort Atkinson Police Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.


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