Posted: April 23, 2009 04:43 PM
Eau Claire (WQOW) - A western Wisconsin man will be sent to Florida to face capital murder charges.
Bill Marquardt is accused of killing two people in Florida in 2000. A woman and her daughter were shot and stabbed.
On Thursday, the Chippewa County district attorney says an agreement has been reached to extradite Marquardt from Wisconsin to Florida. Right now, he's being held in Wisconsin at a state mental institution.
Three years ago, he was acquitted in the murder of his mother in Chippewa County, but was committed to that mental institution after being convicted of another crime. During that time, Chippewa County District Attorney Jon Theisen received a tip that Marquardt was connected to a double-murder in Florida. He started looking into it and eventually, investigators said DNA found on a knife owned by Marquardt matched the DNA of the murder victims in Florida.
Theisen says arrangements have been made to send Marquardt to Florida, but no date has been set. Theisen says it should happen pretty quickly. A grand jury has indicted him on two counts of capital murder. He could face the death penalty if he's convicted.