Trial Date Set for 2nd Suspect in 2012 Wausau Homicide

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

A jury trial has been scheduled in August for one of two suspects in Wausau homicide case.

Warren Krohn,22, is charged with 1st degree reckless homicide, burglary, robbery and theft. A seven day trial is scheduled to begin on August 4.

The other suspect, Zach Froehlich, 20, is charged with 13 counts including 1st degree reckless homicide, armed robbery, and armed burglary. His jury trial is scheduled to begin May 5.

Prosecutors say the two robbed and beat Kerby Kniess, 49, to death in a garage on the 100 Block of North 7th Avenue in Wausau in June 2012.

According to the criminal complaint, Froehlich admitted to police he was the one who swung the fatal blows to Kneiss and that he was encouraged to do so by Krohn. Froehlich also told police the pair went to Kneiss' home with the intention of hurting him in order to rob him of alcohol, cigarettes and cash. They reportedly stole the $21 Kneiss has on him. The two suspects were acquaintances with Kniess, and had stolen cigarettes from Kneiss' residence in the past.

According to the criminal complaint, a friend told officers Froehlich beat up the victim to "work his way into" Warren's [Krohn] crew. The criminal complaint also states Froehlich said he wanted to keep the murder weapon as a trophy.

Both men remain behind bars on $250,000 bonds.

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