Former co-worker, friends speak about Janesville homicide

By: Max Hess - Email
By: Max Hess - Email

Posted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 -- 10:30 p.m.

Friends of Britney Cross, a former coworker of Clayton Courtney & a business owner with property close to where Britney was found spoke to NBC15 this afternoon.

Earl Schultz ran Janesville's City Ice for a long time before it shut its doors last year.

"I have no fear, I've been here for 50, 60 years," he said.

The business has been around since 1858 -- it's right off of the Rock River, beneath a set of railroad tracks.

"It's a tragedy but it doesn't put fear in to me," Schultz said.

He says his business is only a couple hundred feet from where Britney Cross' body was found early Monday morning.

"It's an unfortunate thing that happened," he said.

The area behind City Ice is known to be filled with people who drink alcohol and do drugs, according to Schultz, but he says he's tolerant.

"I get along with them well."

Still, the woods behind Schultz's business are sprinkled with trash that speaks a pretty clear message -- anything from empty beer cans to leftover pill cases.

Just as I was walking through the wooded area, two people came up to me who said they were close friends with Cross.

Although they didn't want to go on camera, they said that Cross and Courtney had dated in the past -- and described Courtney as "obsessive" and "crazy" while describing Cross as "innocent" and someone who wanted "everyone to be happy".

Opinions seem to be split, though.

One of Courtney's former co-workers, who did not want to be identified, said that Courtney was a good guy.

"I really looked forward to working with him everyday," he said.

The former co-worker also said that what Courtney is being accused of came as a surprise.

"As far as this extreme of an action, I didn't expect it, no."

Courtney is expected back in court on Friday.

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