Hearing Set for Portage Man Accused in Halloween Homicide Case

The Portage man charged for
allegedly murdering another man in the town of Lebanon is set to plead his case to a judge
later this month. 

20-year old Nigel Schultz faces a Count of First Degree
Intentional Homicide in the death of Bradlee Gerke of Beaver Dam, whose body
was found in a shallow grave on Halloween. Schultz was identified as the
suspect by his girlfriend, who is the daughter of the property owner where the
body was found. 

Investigators reportedly found burned grass with spots of blood
and part of a skull. Gerke was shot ten times in the back of the head and six
times in the chest. Schultz initially denied shooting him, but reportedly
admitted to pulling the trigger later in the investigation. 

His preliminary
hearing is set for December 20th