Washington County Circuit Judge Todd Martens recently ruled that statements 19 year old Daniel Bartelt made to investigators won’t be suppressed during his Washington County murder trial this August. Bartelt is accused of murder in the strangulation death of Jessie Blodgett on July 15th last year. Bartelt is also accused of attacking a woman in the Richfield Historical Park last July 12th. The ruling was handed down during a motion hearing. Judge Martens said the state had the burden of proving Bartelt was not in custody during the interviews and voluntarily made statements to detectives. Judge Martens made his ruling on two interviews. One occurred July 16 at the Slinger Police Department regarding the Richfield Historical Park incident; the other was July 17 about Blodgett’s death. A detective testified that in both incidents, Bartelt voluntarily came into police headquarters and answered questions. In both cases, he asked for an attorney and the interviews stopped. Bartelt is pleading “not guilty by reason of insanity” in Blodgett’s murder. Bartelt’s next hearing will be May 29 when Judge Martens rules on a motion to change venue.