UPDATED Wednesday, May 21, 2014 --- 9:45 a.m.
FRIENDSHIP, Wis. (AP) -- An Adams County judge has sentenced a man to 11 years in a secure mental health facility for fatally shooting his girlfriend.
A criminal complaint says Coleman Dybul was sleeping when his 27-year-old girlfriend, Toni Voss, startled him and he shot her with a loaded gun he kept next to the bed in 2013. The complaint says the Marine veteran suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and was addicted to alcohol and drugs.
The Daily Tribune Media (http://wrtnews.co/1jUHgs1 ) says Dybul earlier pleaded no contest to second-degree reckless homicide and was found not guilty by reason of mental disease. The 29-year-old Adams man apologized to Voss' family during sentencing Tuesday.
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UPDATED Monday, February 17, 2014 --- 6:10 p.m.
FRIENDSHIP, Wis. (AP) -- A 29-year-old Afghanistan veteran has reached a plea deal in the shooting death of his girlfriend
Coleman Dybul pleaded no contest Monday to a reckless homicide charge in the March 2 shooting death of 27-year-old Toni Voss. But Daily Tribune Media reports that under the plea deal, Waushara County Circuit Judge Guy Dutcher then declared him not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.
The judge ordered the Adams man back to jail until a hearing to determine whether he should be committed or treated in the community.
The complaint says Dybul shot Voss when she got up in the night and he mistook her for an intruder. The ex-Marine told authorities the shooting was like being back in Afghanistan, where he had to kill or be killed.
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UPDATED Friday, June 21, 2013 --- 8:50 a.m.
WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (AP) -- A 28-year-old Adams man has changed his plea in his girlfriend's death to not guilty by reason of insanity.
Coleman Dybul had pleaded not guilty to a reckless homicide charge in March in the shooting death of 27-year-old Toni Voss.
Daily Tribune Media reports he changed his plea Wednesday, and Waushara County Circuit Judge Guy Dutcher ordered a psychiatric evaluation. Dutcher is acting as a substitute judge in the Adams County case. Dybul is due back in court on Aug. 6.
The criminal complaint says Voss was shot when she got up in the night, and Dybul mistook her for an intruder. The former Marine told authorities he served in Afghanistan and the shooting was like being in the Middle East, where he had to kill or be killed.
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UPDATED Monday, March 25, 2013 --- 5:30 p.m.
FRIENDSHIP, Wis. (AP) -- A 28-year-old Adams man authorities say fatally shot his girlfriend when she startled him awake has pleaded not guilty to a reckless homicide charge.
Coleman Dybul is charged in the shooting death of 27-year-old Toni Voss.
The Wausau Daily Herald (http://wdhne.ws/10dHmmu) reports an Adams County investigator described in court Monday what happened during the early morning hours of March 2, when Voss got up to get her son a glass of milk.
According to the complaint, a noise woke Dybul, and he saw the silhouette of a person against a window. Dybul mistook the figure for someone attacking Voss and shot at it with a loaded shotgun, fatally striking Voss in the chest.
Dybul told authorities he was "hit" in Afghanistan and keeps a weapon near him while he sleeps.
UPDATED Friday, March 15, 2013 --- 3:13 p.m.
FRIENDSHIP, Wis. (AP) -- A 28-year-old Adams man is charged with shooting and killing his girlfriend.
Coleman Dybul was charged Friday with first-degree reckless homicide, marijuana possession and drug paraphernalia possession.
According to the complaint, Dybul told authorities he woke on March 2 and shot his shotgun at what he thought was a person attacking his girlfriend, 27-year-old Toni Voss. When he turned on the light, Dybul found he had shot Voss in the chest. She died at the scene.
The Wausau Daily Herald reports Dybul told authorities he was in the Marines for four years and served in Afghanistan. When he woke up and saw the figure, he said it was like being back in Afghanistan and he had to kill or be killed, according to the complaint.
Dybul remains in jail.
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UPDATED Monday, March 4, 2013 --- 5:02 p.m.
From our news partner, WSAW:
It was an emotional morning in the Adams County Courtroom as bond was set at $250,000 for Coleman Dybul, 28.
He's accused of fatally shooting his girlfriend, Toni Voss, 27, a crime he says was an accident.
Our reporter in the courtroom says both Dybul and Voss' families were present.
Dybul appeared in court via video feed. He'll return to court March 11 for his initial appearance when he's expected to be charged with 1st degree reckless homicide.
UPDATED: March 3, 2013--- 10:30 p.m.
An Adams County man is in jail after admitting to shooting and killing his girlfriend in the middle of the night. He said it was an accident, and many friends NBC15 spoke with believe him.
28-year-old Coleman Dybul called himself in that night just before 2:00 a.m. Saturday and told authorities he was asleep in his home on Elm Street when his girlfriend, 27-year-old Toni Voss, startled him. He said he didn't realize it was her when he grabbed his shotgun he kept by his bed and shot her.
"I just couldn't imagine him doing something like that. It had to be a mistake," said his friend and fellow veteran, Charles Blose.
It was a reaction that didn't shock friends who say he was easily startled, suffering from post traumatic stress disorder since returning from combat in Afghanistan several years ago.
"Something definitely startled him, and he reacted as if he was in a combat situation," said Blose.
Friends say he was a sniper in the Marine Corp for four years where he was severely injured and even received a Purple Heart.
"Cole was one of the nicest people I've met. He was a marine; he was a sharp marine. He wouldn't intentionally hurt anybody... It's just a tragic thing all the way around," said Blose.
The sheriff said Dybul could have his bond hearing Monday. He's currently in jail facing tentative charges of first degree reckless homicide.
There was a child in the home at the time that Voss' uncle said was one of hers, but he was not injured and is now staying with a family member.
Posted: Saturday, March 2, 2013 --- 7:17 p.m.
Information from a Press Release of the Adams County Sheriff's Office
Incident Type: Homicide
Date: 3/2/13 --- 1:48 AM
Address: 117 N. Elm St. in the City of Adams
The Adams County Sheriff's Office received a call at 1:48 this morning of a shooting that took place at 117 North Elm Street in the City of Adams. The Caller stated that he was asleep in bed when his girlfriend startled him and he shot her with a shot gun that he kept near the bed.
The caller and his girlfriend were later identified as Coleman Dybul and Toni Voss.
Voss was fatally wounded and pronounced dead at the scene by Adams county Medical examiners. Coleman was arrested for 1st degree reckless homicide and remains in custody.
A child was also found at the scene but was unharmed and is now with a family member.