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UPDATE: Steelworker pleads guilty in woman's death

UPDATE: Steelworker pleads guilty in woman's death

MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ A Massachusetts steelworker has pleaded guilty in his former girlfriend's death.

Prosecutors charged 40-year-old Phillip Byrd with first-degree intentional homicide in April. They believe he shot 43-year-old Cheryl Gilberg during a struggle at her Mazomanie home in February.

Investigators wrote in court documents that Byrd told them he and Gilberg had magical chemistry together until she stuck her revolver in his mouth. He knocked the gun out of his mouth and tackled her; the gun went off twice as they wrestled. He saw Gilberg lying on the floor, thought she was still alive and got frightened. He fled to another woman's trailer.

Byrd pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of second-degree intentional homicide in a deal with prosecutors Thursday. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 60 years in prison.

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UPDATE 4/4/2014:

A charge of first degree murder has been filed against Phillip Byrd in the shooting death of 43 year old Cheryl Gilberg in February.  According to a criminal complaint, Byrd told detectives that it was Gilberg who initially pointed a gun at him. He says the two struggled and that the gun went off, striking Gilberg twice in the head and through a pillow Byrd says she was using to cover her face.  Police are skeptical of the story as Byrd described a "tooth and nail" struggle but he had very few injuries.

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The Dane County Sheriff announced Wednesday afternoon that Phillip Bryd would be charged in the death of a Mazomanie woman.

Phillip Byrd has been a suspect for weeks in the shooting death of Cheryl Gilberg. Byrd and Gilberg knew each other. She was killed in late February inside her home.

Bryd has been held in Rock County on unrelated charges.

Sheriff Dave Mahoney today said Bryd will be charged with First Degree Intentional Homicide. He is expected to appear in a Dane County courtroom Thursday.

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UPDATE: Thursday, March 20, 2014:

The Dane County Sheriff's Department is again searching along Highway 14 for evidence in the murder of Cheryl Gilberg, specifically a Charter Arms Pink Lady .38 caliber revolver that has been missing from Gilberg's home. The Dane County Sheriff's Office also asks that motorists traveling the stretch of highway be aware of their presence and use caution.

 

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UPDATED Wednesday, March 5, 2014 --- 3:17 p.m.

The Dane Co. Sheriff says that Phillip Byrd is now the suspect in the death of Cheryl Gilberg.

Gilberg is the Mazomanie woman shot and killed last month inside her home.

Byrd is still in custody in Rock Co. on other charges.

The Sheriff asks anyone who had contact with Gilberg or Byrd the weekend of Feb 21st to contact police.

Authorities are also looking for a gun missing from Gilberg's home. The gun is colored pink. With snowmobile trails open again, officials hope the pink gun will turn up. If you see it, they ask that you do not touch it, and call police.

The Sheriff also asks anyone who say a black SUV parked along Highway 14 between Mazomanie and Middleton on Sunday, Feb. 23rd to call their tip line at 608-284-6900.

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UPDATED Tuesday, March 4, 2014 --- 3:50 p.m.

A man named a person of interest in a Mazomanie homicide case appeared in a Rock Co. courtroom Tuesday.

Phillip Byrd faces two drug charges and two bail jumping charges.

According to the criminal complaint, investigators found prescription pills belonging to Cheryl Gilberg when they arrested Byrd in Janesville.

Gilberg is the Mazomanie woman shot and killed last month inside her home.

So far no arrests have been made in her death. Again, Byrd has only been called a person of interest in that case.

Byrd has another court date in Rock Co. later this month.

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UPDATED -Friday, February 28, 204--

Dane County deputies will resume their search of an area off Highway 14 near Black Earth today.  The Sheriff's Dept is looking for evidence in connection with the murder of 43 year old Cheryl Gilberg of Mazomanie, however they don't give specifics on what type of evidence they are looking for.

 

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Dane Co. Sheriff officials confirm that authorities are searching near Black Earth for evidence in the Cheryl Gilberg homicide investigation.

Dispatchers confirmed with NBC15 News Thursday afternoon that authorities are searching the general area of Highway 14 near Black Earth.

Gilberg was found in a Mazomanie home Sunday night. An autopsy by the Dane County medical examiner determined Gilberg was shot to death.

Phillip Byrd has been named a person of interest in the case. He is in custody on charges unrelated to the case.

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Dane Co. Sheriff officials have named 39-year-old Phillip Byrd of Janesville as a person of interest in the death of Cheryl Gilberg.

Gilberg was found in a Mazomanie home Sunday night. An autopsy by the Dane County medical examiner determined Gilberg was shot to death.

Byrd is being held in the Rock Co. Jail on other charges.

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UPDATED Tuesday, February 25, 2014 ---

Dane Co. Sheriff officials have identified the victim of a homicide in Mazomanie as 43-year-old Cheryl Gilberg.

The Medical Examiner reports that the cause of death is homicidal firearm violence.

The Sheriff says no one is charged in the case at this time. He says the crime does not appear to be a random act.

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UPDATED Tuesday, February 25, 2014 ---

Dane Co. Sheriff officials are now calling the death of a woman in Mazomanie a homicide.

Authorities have scheduled a press conference on the investigation for 3:00 p.m. Tuesday.

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Dane Co. deputies are investigating a suspicious death in the Village of Mazomanie.

Deputies responded to a report of an injured woman at 306 Scott Street Sunday night around 7:10. The middle-aged woman was pronounced dead at the scene by the medical examiner's office.

Right now, deputies are following up with friends, relatives and acquaintances to gather more information.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Dane County tip line at 608-284-6900.

 

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