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Brodhead woman charged with trying to kill husband

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Monroe Times staff
May 17, 2012
— A Green County judge will decide Monday if there's enough evidence for a Brodhead woman to stand trial on charges that she tried to kill her estranged husband.

Roxanne D. Nordeng, 59, of 1301 Third Ave. West, is charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide, burglary and intentionally pointing a firearm at a person.


According to the criminal complaint and reports from Brodhead police and the Green County Sheriff's Office:


Nordeng arrived at a home on Crazy Horse Lane on May 9 wearing gloves and carrying a loaded .380-caliber, semi-automatic pistol in a plastic bag. She kicked aside the screen and pounded on the door. When her 64-year-old husband answered, she pointed the gun at him.


The man grabbed the barrel of the gun to point it away from him, and in the ensuing 30-second struggle the gun fired upward. No injuries were reported. She fled the scene.


Green County deputies and Brodhead police were dispatched at 8:42 p.m., after the husband's 27-year-old live-in girlfriend called 911.


Nordeng filed for a divorce from her husband in May 2011.


Nordeng was arrested without incident at her Brodhead home early the next morning.


"This is an extremely serious case," District Attorney Gary Luhman said at Nordeng's initial court appearance May 11. Nordeng had been planning to shoot her husband for "some time" and still poses a threat to the husband and the girlfriend, he said.


Assistant Public Defender Guy Taylor countered that Nordeng is a homeowner and longtime Brodhead resident with no prior criminal record. She has grandchildren living in Brodhead and no ties to any other community, he said.


Judge Thomas Vale ordered Nordeng held on a $100,000 cash bond, and she remained in the Green County Jail.


Her preliminary hearing for is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday.



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