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Judge orders $1M bond for Brent Kaempf


MARINETTE, WI (WTAQ) - The man charged with killing his girlfriend in Peshtigo is being held on a $1 million cash bond.

48-year-old Brent Kaempf is facing a charge of first-degree intentional homicide in the stabbing death of 45-year-old Patricia Waschbisch.

The charge was filed Wednesday afternoon - more than two days after Kaempf was found sleeping in his car by a Wauwatosa officer early Monday morning.

Kaempf was a person of interest in Waschbisch's death after her body was found Sunday by her daughter in the Peshtigo home the couple shared. 

Waschbisch was the interim director and longtime legal advocate of Rainbow House, a Marinette domestic violence shelter.

For former Rainbow House client-turned friend of Waschbisch's, Carmen Hashimoto, the current state of events is like none other.

"It's like a nightmare," said Hashimoto after the hearing, "It feels like I'm in a dream."

A visitation for Waschbisch is scheduled for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday at Rhodes-Charapata Funeral Home in Coleman; burial will follow.

Kaempf is due back in court May 10.