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Closing arguments scheduled today for man accused of killing deputy 

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    Doug Nitek appears Sept. 17, the first day of his trial, at Dunn County Court in Menomonie. Nitek has been charged with 31 counts stemming from the fatal shooting of Rusk County Deputy Dan Glaze on Oct. 29, 2016, south of Ladysmith. View more photos at LeaderTelegramPhotos.com.

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The fate of Doug Nitek will head to a jury today.

After a week of testimony, the state rested its case in Nitek’s murder trial at 1 p.m. Saturday.

On Monday, the defense rested its case. Nitek opted to not testify in his defense.

St. Croix County Judge Scott Needham agreed to a request from prosecuting attorneys Richard Dufour and Amber Hahn to delay the closing arguments until today rather than start them Monday afternoon.

After closing arguments wrap up this morning, the case will go to the jury.

Nitek, 45, is accused of shooting and killing Rusk County Deputy Dan Glaze on Oct. 29, 2016, while Glaze sat in his squad car in the Rusk County town of Willard, south of Ladysmith. Nitek was initially charged with 31 counts stemming from the shooting, including first-degree intentional homicide, attempted homicide, recklessly endangering safety while armed with a dangerous weapon, criminal damage to property, possession of drug paraphernalia and bail jumping.

Over the course of the hearings on Saturday and Monday, Needham dismissed charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and two counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety.

Since the shooting, he has been incarcerated at Dodge Correctional Institution in Waupun.

The jury was selected Sept. 17 in Rusk County, with the trial moved to Dunn County, where it started Sept. 18. The 15 jurors have been sequestered since they were selected, with no TV, radio or internet devices and limited contact with family — which is one reason the case continued with a full day of testimony on Saturday. Court began at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and wrapped up at 3 p.m. The defense did present one witness on Saturday, before resting its case Monday morning, court records show.

The criminal complaint states Nitek was about 168 yards from Glaze when he shot and killed the officer as Glaze sat behind the wheel of his squad car. Up to six shots were fired at Glaze, including the fatal one that struck Glaze in the head. More law enforcement arrived at W7958 Broken Arrow Road, east of Highway 27 south of Ladysmith, with Nitek firing shots at multiple officers.

When the Eau Claire County armored vehicle arrived, it pulled up to the trailer. Nitek shot at a camera from that vehicle.

Nitek eventually surrendered, leaving the trailer without further incident. Inside the home, the officers located the rifle and more bullet casings, along with fresh bullet holes. Officers also found a small plastic bag of meth and a pipe.

DNA samples were taken from the rifle, scope, stock pad (which rests on the shoulder when firing a weapon) and sling, and all matched to Nitek.

Contact: chris.vetter@ecpc.com


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