Ixonia Woman Charged With Helping Cover-Up The Murder Of A Beaver Dam Man

(Lebanon) An Ixonia woman was charged Tuesday with helping cover-up a murder. Dakota Schlesner is facing a felony count of Hiding a Corpse as a Party to a Crime. Nigel Schultz of Portage was found guilty last week of First-Degree Intentional Homicide in the death of Bradlee Gerke. Schultz at first denied the crime but later confessed to shooting the victim with a 38-Derringer and a .22-rifle a total of sixteen times. The 21-year-old Schultz was also implicated along with Rebecca Wolc of Beaver Dam who is facing one felony count of Harboring or Aiding a Felon. Gerke’s body was found last Halloween when a property owner in Ashippun called authorities. Investigators found burned grass with spots of blood and part of a skull; Gerke’s body was found in a shallow grave in a nearby tree line covered in gasoline. According to the criminal complaint, when Schultz was interviewed by police he reportedly admitted to calling Schlesner – his ex-girlfriend – shortly after the murder. Schultz alleges that Schlesner offered to help him hid the body and that she agreed to keep quiet about the incident. Schultz reportedly tried unsuccessfully to place Gerke’s body into a 50-gallon burn barrel before burying it in the shallow grave. Schlesner, who lived on the property where Gerke’s body was found, allegedly admits to covering the burial site with sticks, grass and dirt. She reportedly told law enforcement that she was (quote) “very scared” of Schultz after seeing the body and believed he would do the same to her if she said anything. Schlesner also allegedly said that she helped (quote) “hide the body that [Schultz] killed.” If convicted, Schlesner is facing 12-and-a-half years in prison. An initial appearance is scheduled for September 3.