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June 19, 2021

6/11/2021 10:38:00 AM
Pickett accused of killing mother in Avoca case
Content warning: details of the case are quite graphic and discretion is advised.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice has identified the person responsible for the death of an Avoca woman that took place last Monday.
In a bond hearing Wednesday afternoon, it was learned that Sean Pickett, 21, was accused of killing his mother Susan Pickett, 54, on Monday. Pickett appeared, through video conferencing, in front of Iowa County court Judge Margaret Koehler.
Iowa County district attorney Matt Allen reported during the investigation that Pickett admitted to causing his mother's death by stabbing her, and hitting her with a metal pole at a William Street residence in Avoca.
He then used the same metal pole and knife, to kill the family dog.
In a news release sent to the public last Tuesday, local law enforcement received notification from a man, later identified as Pickett, reporting that his mother was dead. When emergency personnel arrived on the scene, they observed that the victim had already died.
Pickett was taken into custody after law enforcement was called to the scene, and discovered blood on Pickett's clothing.
If convicted, Pickett faces life imprisonment for first degree intentional homicide, and a fine up to $10,000 or a 3-and-a-half year prison sentence, or both, for the intentional mistreatment of an animal.
Charges have not yet been filed, and the investigation is still on going as to determine a motive behind the murder.
Judge Koehler has set a $100,000 cash bond, and an initial appearance is set for Monday May 24 at 3 p.m.

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