19-year-old man accused of killing Jessie Blodgett appears in court


by Michele McCormack
by Chris Patterson

WEST BEND -- 19-year-old Daniel Bartelt is charged with First Degree Intentional Homicide in the death of  Hartford resident Jessie Blodgett. Bartelt made his first court appearance today. 

Blodgett's body was found by her mother as she was returning from work on July 15th. Police say Jessie Blodgett attended a cast party after a Fiddler on the Roof performance in Hartford. She died within 12 hours of that party.

Detectives found strangulation marks on Blodgett's neck, but couldn't find anything in her home or near her body that may have been used for it.

Blodgett's director, Jerry Becker tells CBS 58 News that, "We are very gratified that the work of law enforcement has resulted in an arrest."

Police arrested Bartelt July 29th in connection with the Blodgett murder. 

Bartelt has another case pending against him in regards to an attack on a woman as she walked her dog, three days prior to the Blodgett murder.

In regards to the Blodget murder, Bartelt is charged with First Degree Intentional Homicide, First Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety, and False Imprisonment.

The court has scheduled the next hearing for September 4th. By that time a mental competency evaluation will be performed. Bond was set at $750,000 cash.



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