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Lombard pleads not guilty in girlfriend's death


WAUPACA, WI (WTAQ) - A man has pled not guilty in the death of his girlfriend at a New London hotel last year.

24-year-old Kevin Lombard is charged with one count each of first-degree reckless homicide and strangulation and suffocation. His girlfriend, Amelia Schmitz, died August 12, 2011. 

Lombard waived his right to a preliminary hearing in court Thursday.

According to a criminal complaint, Lombard told investigators he and Schmitz had stopped at the hotel on the way to his grandparents' home in Eagle River. While in the hotel, Lombard told Schmitz he had slept with his child's mother as well as another ex-girlfriend. Schmitz became upset and, Lombard said, began screaming and scratching him. Lombard said he tried to quiet her and restrain her by putting her in a headlock. They then fell off the bed and she became limp. Lombard said he called his mother twice, then called 911. 

Lombard is due back in court November 1.