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Jury selected, opening statements to begin Tuesday afternoon in trial of woman charged with husband’s 2006 death

Published: Oct. 8, 2021 at 10:51 AM CDT
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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) - Opening statements began Tuesday afternoon in the homicide trial for the widow only recently charged with her husband’s 2006 murder.

Jury selection began Monday and concluded Tuesday morning. A pool of 75 people was narrowed to a pool of 12 jurors and three alternates.

Schulz-Juedes, 66 is charged with killing her husband more than a decade ago. She was arrested and charged in December 2019.

Ken Juedes, 58, was found dead Aug. 30, 2006 by Schulz-Juedes. Investigators said he died of two shotgun wounds. Schulz-Juedes was long considered a person of interest.

Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General Richard Dufour, who is assisting Marathon County District Attorney Theresa Wetzsteon as special prosecutor, said both means and motive were found as probable cause to hold Schulz-Juedes on a $1 million cash bond.

Tuesday afternoon, jurors heard opening statements from the prosecution and the defense. Both said the defendant and Ken were in love throughout their short marriage and before his death, but prosecutors say Cindy was in the marriage for financial gain.

“Cindy had $75,000 in debt before marrying Ken and $0 before he died,” said Marathon County District Attorney Theresa Wetzsteon.

“My client’s husband, Ken, was a pretty low-key guy,” said Schultz-Juedes attorney Earl Gray said. “Cindy handled many of the litigation issues with their lawyer.”

Juedes’s mother, who will be 103-years-old next month, will be one of the many people to testify.

She said after Ken’s death, she was not able to get in contact with Cindy, despite several attempts.

“I left four messages at her home and I didn’t hear, so I thought, ‘I’m going to write,’” Margarette explained. “So, I wrote a letter.”

The trial began Monday. It has the potential to last until Nov. 12.

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