Two Charged in Butschke’s Death

8/2/11 – Bond was set at a million-dollars yesterday afternoon for each of two men charged in the slaying of a Jefferson County man who turned up dead in a storage facility. 51-year-old James Richardson of Watertown and 19-year-old James Richards of Oconomowoc both appeared in a Jefferson County Circuit Court to face charges of homicide, hiding a corpse, and theft. They’re are due back in court two weeks from yesterday, when a judge will decide if there’s enough evidence to order trials in the death of 28-year-old Beau Butschke. Prosecutors said Butschke was shot with his own 22-caliber rifle which the defendants stole a few weeks ago. They allegedly left Butschke in a shed at the Ski Slide Storage facility in Ixonia in mid-July. And then prosecutors said the two went to the victim’s apartment to eat beer-and-bratwurst they stole from there. Sheriff’s officials said Richardson was Butschke’s neighbor in a duplex where both lived in Ixonia – and the two had previous arguments over Richardson’s failure to maintain his half of the property. Police said Richards was arrested early yesterday when he asked Janesville Police where he could sleep for the night. Officers said he later confessed to the crimes, and told police where they could find Richardson.