10th Judicial District Chief Judge Appoints Himself To Doug Nitek Cases

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 | DrydenWire |

The Director of State Courts Office, Wisconsin Supreme Court, announced yesterday that Tenth Judicial Administrative District Chief Judge Scott R. Needham is now assigned to preside over the criminal case filed in Rusk County in which Doug Nitek is charged with the homicide of Rusk County Deputy Dan Glaze, as well as the Sawyer County criminal case in which Nitek is charged with 1st Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety.

DrydenWire.com reported on March 2, 2018 that Washburn County Circuit Court Judge Eugene D. Harrington had been removed as the presiding Judge on Nitek’s cases. 

Online circuit court records indicate that on March 5, 2018, a motion for Change of Venue in the Rusk County homicide case was filed by Nitek’s defense attorney. A motion hearing is scheduled later this month on that homicide case. He is also scheduled to appear for a preliminary examination hearing later this month regarding the felony charges in the Sawyer County Case filed against him.

Nitek is facing 31 felony charges in the Rusk County case including Class A Felony 1st Degree Intentional Homicide, 2 counts of Class B Felony Attempted 1st Degree Intentional Homicide, 17 counts of Class F Felony 1st Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety, Class G Felony Possess Firearm-Convicted of a Felony, Class I Felony Possession of Methamphetamine, 5 counts of Felony Bail Jumping, Misdemeanor Possession of THC (Marijuana), Misdemeanor Possess Drug Paraphernalia, and 2 counts of Misdemeanor Criminal Damage to Property.

Although details are not known to DrydenWire.com at this time regarding the Sawyer County criminal case that was filed against Nitek in July of 2016, prior to the incident in October 2016 in which Deputy Dan Glaze was killed, Nitek is charged with Class F Felony 1st Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety, Misdemeanor Resisting or Obstructing an Officer, Misdemeanor Criminal Damage to Property, and Misdemeanor Failure to Install an Ignition Interlock Device.

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