UPDATE: Plover Man Accused of Killing Stepfather will Head to Trial

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

A Portage County judge has ruled there is enough evidence for a 32-year-old man accused of killing his stepfather with a baseball bat to head to trial.

Andrew Pray is charged with 1st degree intentional homicide. He remains behind bars on a $250,000 cash bond.

On May 26, the Plover Police Department responded to a home on the 2800 block of Cedar Drive in Plover around 2 p.m. for the report of an assault. Inside they say they found Christopher Bonnstetter, 77, critically injured. When officers arrived on scene they found a neighbor and the suspect, Pray standing in a garage. According to court documents, Pray responded “no comment” when asked by an officer what happened.

Pray was arrested at the scene.

Bonnstetter was removed from life support on June 3 after he was determined to be brain dead.

The alleged victim's wife, and Pray's mother, told police she was watching television and Bonnstetter was laying on the floor in the living room resting when Pray came up from downstairs and began hitting Bonnstetter with a baseball bat. She told police she believed Bonnstetter was struck three or four times.

The woman told police she attempted to call 911, but her phone would not work, so she ran to the neighbors. The woman told police “Andy [Andrew Pray] just flipped out”.

Online court records show that Pray has no criminal record, and had not even been issued a traffic citation in Wisconsin.

Investigators still have not disclosed a motive.

Pray will return to court August 18 for a clerical court appearance.

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