GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Police in Green Bay say they've arrested a man in the murder of Dan Kuehl.
At a press conference Tuesday, Capt. Todd Thomas says Jeffrey Wickman is accused of strangling Kuehl at his apartment on Ashland Avenue in May.
Authorities say DNA evidence and stolen guns were used to link Wickman to Kuehl's death.
Wickman was arrested on a parole violation a week after Kuehl's body was found. He's currently in the Dodge County Correctional Facility. His most recent conviction was for burglary.
"Wickman was interviewed several times by detectives and he would only say that he had not seen Dan for five years,” said Thomas.
According to investigators, a couple weeks before Kuehl was found dead in his home, Wickman left the halfway house where he was living, quit his job and started stealing to support his crack cocaine habit.
On May 7, police say Wickman missed a parole meeting. An arrest warrant was issued on May 8. Kuehl was found dead on May 10.
But how did police tie Wickman to Kuehl?
In fact, Kuehl knew Wickman. Back in 2004, police say Kuehl let a "down on his luck" Wickman stay in an apartment at Kuehl's Ashland Avenue home. In exchange, Wickman would do maintenance work around the property.
According to a criminal complaint filed in 2006, not long after Wickman moved in, Kuehl reported a burglary. A gun and some checks of Kuehl’s were missing and Kuehl suspected the items were taken by Wickman.
“He ultimately was not convicted of that crime," said Brown County District Attorney David Lasee. "He was sentenced back to prison on other cases at that time.”
“His name came up in the old cases," said Thomas, referring to the investigation of Kuehl's homicide. "And we started looking closer at where (Wickman) was and what he was doing around the time of the homicide."
Lasee says it appears Wickman took advantage of Kuehl's compassion, for a second time.
"He's merely indicated that he hadn't had any contact with Mr. Kuehl for the last 5 years. And that's inconsistent with the DNA evidence that was found in Mr. Kuehl's residence,” Lasee said.
Police say they had to wait for DNA results before they could file murder charges. Lasee says he expects Wickman to appear in court on these most recent charges in the next couple of weeks.