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UPDATE: New information released in Rusk County homicide


Rusk County (WQOW) - We have more new information on a murder investigation in Rusk County.  

Preliminary autopsy results are now in. The sheriff tells us Darlene Lazar was shot twice. The shooting happened Monday night at a home in rural Hawkins.  Lazar was 65 years old.

Her husband, Donald, 65, is being held in her death. On Monday a judge ordered him held on a $500,000 cash bail. He remains in the Rusk County jail after being arrested for first degree intentional homicide.

Detectives still don't know what prompted the shooting.

We do know that Donald Lazar was arrested in October for domestic abuse disorderly conduct.  In that case, he allegedly got into a physical altercation with his wife in their car. She was not injured in that incident.

Lazar was also charged eight years ago with domestic abuse battery and disorderly conduct, also involving his wife.

Formal murder charges against him are expected to be filed yet this week.


Rusk County (Press Release) - Rusk County Sheriff David Kaminski advises that the victim of this incident is 65-year-old Darlene M. Lazar of Hawkins. The Rusk Co. Sheriff's Office took into custody the suspect, Donald J Lazar, age 65 of the same address. 

The suspect is the husband of the deceased Darlene Lazar. The case will be referred to the Rusk Co. District Attorney requesting the charge of first degree intentional homicide against Donald Lazar. 

The investigation is ongoing. 


Rusk Co. (Press Release) - Rusk County Sheriff David Kaminski reports a domestic-related homicide that occurred in Rusk County, in the Town of Hawkins. 

On Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 5 p.m., the Rusk County Dispatch Center received a 911 call from a female subject advising that she had just been shot by her husband.  Rusk County deputies along with the Hawkins Ambulance Service responded to the scene.  When deputies arrived, they took a male subject into custody and located a deceased female inside of the residence.  Initial indications show that the female victim died as a result of a gunshot wound.

The Rusk County Sheriff's Office, with assistance from the Wisconsin Department of Justice-Division of Criminal Investigation, Wisconsin Crime Lab and the Rusk County Coroners Office, is conducting an investigation into the homicide.  Names will be released at a later date pending the completion of the investigation and notification of relatives.

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