POLK COUNTY -- The Court has ordered a cash bond for Joseph Hadro, charged with the homicide of Scott Zitzow in Polk County.

DrydenWire previously reported that Hadro was charged with Homicide following law enforcement’s investigation into the death of Scott Zitzow in the Village of Osceola in Polk County.

According to a criminal complaint filed against Hadro, he caused the death of Zitzow by striking him with a hammer multiple times. The Preliminary Summary of the exam performed by Anne Bracey, M.D., of the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office, states the cause of Scott M. Zitzow’s death was homicide by blunt force head injury.

The death of Zitzow was discovered after law enforcement and emergency personnel responded to a fire that occurred at a residence in the Village of Osceola.

Authorities received information regarding the death of Zitzow from Christopher Peterson, who also received criminal charges of Class G Felony Harboring/Aiding a Felon (A/B/C/D or unclassified felony/life).

Arrest warrants were issued for both Hadro and Peterson and online circuit court records show that on March 18, 2022, Hadro and Peterson appeared in Polk County Circuit Court for bail bond hearings.

The Polk County District Attorney requested a $250,000 cash bond for Hadro and a $25,000 cash bond for Peterson. The Hon. James Krupa ordered a $500,000 cash bond for Hadro and a $25,000 cash bond for Peterson.

Conditions of their bail bonds prohibit the two men from having any contact with each other. Peterson is scheduled to have a preliminary examination hearing later this month and online court records show that a hearing date will be scheduled for Hadro as well. At the time of this post online jail records indicate that both men remain in the custody of the Polk County Jail.


Pursuant to the direction of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6, Trial Publicly, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Last Update: Mar 19, 2022 11:56 am CDT

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