8 / 13 Bartelt Murder Trail Gets Underway

Jury selection took place on Monday and opening statements were scheduled to be heard Tuesday in the trial of 20-year-old Daniel H. Bartelt from Hubertus. Bartelt is charged with murdering 19 year old Jessie Blodgett from Hartford last July and faces a first degree intentional homicide charge in her death. Blodgett was found dead in a bedroom of her parents' home July 15, 2013. Her mother reported that she heard Blodgett come home from a "Fiddler on the Roof" cast party about 1 a.m. and found her dead that following afternoon. Bartelt and Blodgett attended Hartford Union High School, where they were students and knew each other. According to criminal evidence released from her death investigation, Blodgett was found with a "ligature mark" on her neck and left wrist, indicating something had been tied around parts of her body. An autopsy determined Blodgett had been bound and strangled, according to court documents. Bartelt, then 19-years-old, was already a suspect in a separate incident when he denied any involvement in Blodgett's death. Bartelt faced attempted first-degree intentional homicide, first degree recklessly endangering safety and false imprisonment for allegedly attacking a woman with a knife July 12, 2013, in a separate incident in Richfield Historical Nature Park. According to court documents, investigators found DNA on hair, rope and black electrical tape inside his van and his parents' home that matched him and Blodgett, connecting him to her death. Bartelt entered pleas of not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect in Washington County Circuit Court in November and underwent two examinations to see if he could comprehend the case and assist in his defense before he was deemed fit to proceed. The trial is expected to last for two weeks before Washington County Circuit Court Judge Todd K. Martens.
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