Court sets bond at $250,000 in murder case
JANESVILLE Bond was set at $250,000 in Rock County Court on Friday for the Janesville man accused of strangling his estranged wife.
Krystofer R.R. Carlisle appeared in court via video from the Rock County Jail. He appeared alert, wearing dark glasses and handcuffs. He answered Court Commissioner Stephen Meyer’s questions calmly and briefly.
Carlisle, 54, faces life in prison if convicted on the charge of first-degree intentional homicide. He is accused of strangling Traci Moyer, 46, who had filed for divorce Nov. 8.
Deputy District Attorney Perry Folts said Carlisle has no criminal record, but Folts said the seriousness of the crime calls for a high bond amount.
Carlisle has lived in Rock County for 10 years and had been in Wisconsin even before that, a defense attorney said.
Carlisle owns a house in Janesville that has been foreclosed on, and he is “on disability,” and so couldn’t possibly pay the bond amount, the attorney said.
Meyer noted the criminal complaint cites Carlisle’s statement to investigators that he had taken “a bunch of pills so he could go to sleep and not wake up.” Meyer said that statement argued for a high bond.
Meyer set a further court hearing for 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20.
Police found Moyer dead Dec. 8 at 315 W. Racine St., Janesville, where the family had lived before Moyer filed for divorce. Next to her they found Carlisle, unconscious, according to the criminal complaint.
Police had been alerted by an adult daughter of Moyer’s, who hadn’t heard from her mother since noon Dec. 7, when Moyer told her she was going to run some errands with Carlisle, the complaint states.
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