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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Police suspect son in Bloomfield beating death

By Mike Heine/The Week

A Bloomfield man died Thursday afternoon, Feb. 28, 2008, from injuries inflicted by his son during a fight the two had at a motel outside Pell Lake, authorities believe.

Terry Mayer/The Week
Authorities investigate the scene of a severe beating in Bloomfield Township Wednesday.
Jacob D. Newer fractured the skull of his father, David J. Newer, and left him without medical attention for 14 hours Tuesday, District Attorney Phil Koss said.

David Newer, 57, died at 12:40 p.m. at St. Luke's Medical Center in Milwaukee. An autopsy will be conducted Saturday, Koss said.

Jacob Newer, 26, of N2020 County H, Lake Geneva, fought with his father early Tuesday morning at the Inn-B-Tween Motel, Koss said.

Authorities are unsure of the reason for the scuffle. Jacob was scratched and bruised when he was booked into jail early Wednesday morning, police said.

Jacob waited 14 hours before he and an uncle took David to Aurora Lakeland Medical Center at about 8 p.m. Tuesday, Koss said.

Police believe the fight occurred between 3 and 4 a.m. Tuesday.


"The next morning, David Newer was not moving," Koss said at Jacob's bail hearing Thursday. "Once his hand started to turn blue 14 hours later (they) decided, 'We better take him to the hospital.'"

Judge Michael Gibbs ordered Jacob held on $25,000 bond shortly after 1 p.m. Thursday. Court officials had not gotten word that David had already died.

David and Jacob were visiting Frank Newer at the motel, where Frank lived, according to police. Frank heard a scuffle in the morning hours and assumed it was his brother and nephew. David had been at a tavern and was intoxicated, Frank told police.

"Eventually, the defendant admitted that he recalls being in a scuffle with his father at the residence in Pell Lake," Koss said.

Police do not believe any weapons were used during the fight.

Koss said he has not read investigative reports, and had not made a decision on charges. He said it did not look like an intentional homicide at this time, but might be reckless homicide.

Charges are due Thursday, Jacob's next court appearance.

If homicide were charged, it would be the first violent murder of an adult in Walworth County in four years where an arrest was made.

The last man arrested for murder was Craig A. Swope, who was convicted of killing his parents in January 2004.

Town of Delavan police found the decomposing bodies of Duane and Carolee Recob exactly four years ago today inside their ranch-style home on Highway 11 between Delavan and Elkhorn.

Frank Newer is not suspected of being involved in the altercation, Koss said, but he was arrested on suspicion of bail jumping stemming from alleged probation violations.

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