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UPDATE: Man accused of killing Lee Ann Dorn found not competent, expected to become competent

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WEDNESDAY 3/11/2020 7:01 a.m.

OSHKOSH, Wis. (WFRV) – The man accused of killing his mother in 2018 has been found not competent to stand trial, but Winnebago County Court official says they expect him to become competent.

Court records show 35-year-old Bradley Boettcher, accused of killing Lee Ann Dorn, appeared for an evidentiary hearing on Monday. Boettcher has now been committed to the Department of Health Services.

Boettcher was arrested in February 2019 while driving Dorn’s car in Kentucky. He told authorities he was “headed to Virginia” and that “he had been doing some things and thought ‘they would be interested in taking a look.'”

Dorn was found dead in the apartment she shared with Boettcher. Officials determined she had died as a result of blunt force trauma.

A future court date for Boettcher has not been set.

Man accused of killing Lee Ann Dorn ordered to complete competency evaluation

THURSDAY 12/26/19 6:00 a.m.

OSHKOSH, Wis. (WFRV) — Probable cause has been found in the case of 35-year-old Bradley Boettcher, the man accused of killing his mother, Lee Ann Dorn, in February 2019.

The court further ordered a competency evaluation for Boettcher during his Monday morning appearance.

Dorn was found dead in her apartment, which she shared with Boettcher. Officials determined she died as a result of blunt force trauma.

Boettcher was arrested in February in Kentucky while driving Dorn’s vehicle, which had been reported stolen. Boettcher told officials he was “headed to Virginia” and that “he had been doing some things and thought ‘they would be interested in taking a look.'”

His current bond holds at $1 million and is scheduled to appear in court again in January.

$1M cash bond set for man charged with killing mother in Appleton

MONDAY 10/28/19

WINNEBAGO COUNTY, Wis. (WFRV) – Bradley Boettcher, the 35-year-old man charged with murdering his mother, appeared in court for an initial appearance Monday morning.

According to court records, a $1 million cash bond has been set for Boettcher.

He will not be allowed to leave the state nor possess dangerous weapons.

Boettcher has requested more time to hire an attorney. His next appearance is scheduled for December 16 at 9:15 a.m.

Lee Ann Dorn’s son charged with homicide in connection with her death

MONDAY 9/30/19 4:30 p.m.

APPLETON, Wis. (WFRV) — Winnebago County officials say Lee Ann Dorn’s son has been charged in connection with her homicide.

According to the criminal complaint, 35-year-old Bradley Boettcher was charged with first-degree intentional homicide.

Boettcher reportedly resided with Dorn at the time of her death.

The document says a friend who was in Dorn’s apartment days before she was found dead reported Dorn and Boettcher had been arguing loudly.

Around midnight on February 22 of this year, police report they entered Dorn’s apartment after her boyfriend, Frederico Bell, contacted police out of concern for Dorn. Upon entry, officials report they found Dorn deceased with “obvious signs of trauma to her head/face area” as well as “a laceration and…a crack in Dorn’s skull.”

Officials later determined Dorn was killed following “blunt force trauma to the head.”

DNA analysis was conducted of a long sleeve shirt seized from Boettcher after his arrest in Kentucky. The Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory reported that Dorn was the major contributor to DNA found on Boettcher’s shirt.

At the time, Dorn’s vehicle was reported missing. On the same day, officials say they issued a pick-up order was issued for Boettcher because he was on probation and missing.

Boettcher was arrested in Kentucky after a traffic stop on February 22 while driving Dorn’s vehicle.

The criminal complaint says Boettcher was “headed to Virginia” and told officials “he had been doing some things and thought ‘they would be interested in taking a look.'”

Boettcher also stated he was communicating with “textuals and then above that with the government” through a “communication device in [his] ear more or less predominantly inserted, so [he’s] communicating all the time and [he’s] been that closely for two years now straight every day up to dawn to night for five years with the cell phone first for three years and then two years communicating with device in [his] ear and it has caused [him] some memory lapses and all at once.”

In the document, Boettcher also reports he was communicating with the CIA.

In the vehicle, police say they found Dorn’s debit card, three cell phones, a ring of keys, and a folding knife. One cell phone belonged to Dorn.

Bell, according to officials, stated Boettcher would “turn into a ‘monster’ when Dorn would tell him he had to move out.

A friend of Boettcher reported “he was ready to move to the homeless shelter if necessary” and had “spoken about aliens and Free Masons involved in conspiracy theories.”

A friend of Dorn told police she “had warned Dorn repeatedly the Boettcher was going to kill her someday.” She adds Dorn had told her she was hesitant to report the incidents because “she feared that would make things worse.”

Others told officials Boettcher had mental health struggles and that he had abused Dorn in the past.

According to Kentucky court records, charges have been filed against Boettcher, including operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, driving without a license, possession of marijuana, and receiving stolen property.

There is no official court date set for Boettcher.

Appleton PD requesting homicide charge in February death case

THURSDAY 9/26/19 7:40 a.m.

APPLETON, Wis. (WFRV) — The Appleton Police Department says they’ve completed their investigation into the death of 60-year-old Lee Ann Dorn.

According to a press release, the department has forwarded the findings from their investigation to the Winnebago County District Attorney’s Office. They are also requesting a charge of 1st Degree Intentional Homicide for a man who had a close relationship to Dorn. However, they will not publicly identify the suspect until a criminal complaint is filed.

The Appleton Police Department says they thank Dorn’s family and friends for their patience during their seven-month investigation.

Suspicious Death Ruled a Homicide

THURSDAY 2/28/2019 12:00 p.m.

Appleton Police say they are investigating the death of Lee Ann Dorn as a homicide.

An autopsy was conducted by the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office, but police are currently unable to release the cause of death. They say additional testing of evidence still needs to be completed.

Officials say the vehicle found in Kentucky has been returned to Wisconsin, and they are currently processing it for evidence. According to Police, they are working to extradite the person arrested in Kentucky driving her vehicle back to Wisconsin.

Police say the person had a close relationship with Lee Ann Dorn, but they are currently unable to release his name.

Police believe Lee Ann’s death was an isolated incident and the public is not in any danger.

60-Year-Old Appleton Woman Identified in Suspicious Death

MONDAY 2/25/2019 12:32 p.m.

60-year-old Lee Ann Dorn of Appleton has been identified by the Appleton Police Department as the victim of a suspicious death. 

An autopsy is scheduled for later Monday afternoon at the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Dorn’s car was found by Kentucky police on February 22nd in a traffic stop.

According to police, a Kentucky officer made contact with the driver due to erratic driving and the driver was taken into custody for Operating While Intoxicated.

The subject was then confined on a probation hold and the Kentucky court system will process the OWI arrest.

Investigators are working to have the vehicle transported to Appleton.

The driver’s identity is not being released at this time.

One Person in Custody After Officials Found Missing Vehicle

2/22/19 3:03 p.m.

Investigators have discovered that the victim’s vehicle was missing from the residence and was entered it into a national crime database as a stolen vehicle. 

Around 11 am, officials were notified that the vehicle was recovered in Kentucky. The operator was taken into custody. 

The vehicle is being held as evidence and the person driving the car is being held on a probation warrant.

Appleton Police Investigate Suspicious Death

2/22/2019 4:30 a.m.

The Appleton Police Department is in the preliminary stages of a death investigation at a home on the south side of Appleton.

On February 21, at about 3:03 p.m., police went to check the welfare of a woman. However, officers were unable to locate her throughout the day. 

Just before 1:20 a.m. on Friday, Februray 22, officers found the woman dead inside her home on Valley Road in Appleton, according to police. 

“Anytime that we have somebody call in saying they want the welfare checked of somebody we do everything we can to try to locate that person,” Officer Meghan Cash said. “And so in this case I believe it was a friend or family member that called. We’re definitely in the early stages of this investigation and so we’re still kind of sorting through the details of some of that stuff right now.”

The woman’s cause of death is unknown at this point. The Appleton Police Department is investigating and is following up on all suspect information.

The incident appears isolated and does not pose an immediate threat to the community. 

This is a developing story. Stay with Local 5 for continued updates as they become available. 

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