MENOMONIE — Dunn County had five open homicide cases in 2018, a “remarkable” number for the county at one time, Dunn County District Attorney Andrea Nodolf said in a report to the county board Wednesday.
In total, since 2010, Dunn County has only had about 12 homicide-related cases, half of which were drug-related, Nodolf said.
Three of the open 2018 homicide cases have been resolved; two are ongoing.
Dunn County held 15 jury trials overall in 2018, in addition to the out-of-county jury trial of 46-year-old Doug Nitek of Conrath, who was convicted in September of shooting and killing a Rusk County deputy.
Dunn County cases are also becoming more complex, Nodolf said in the report.
“Cases now regularly include evidence such as cell phone records, computer applications, GPS data and DNA analysis. Where previous cases may have had one or two digital recordings, larger felony cases routinely have dozens,” Nodolf said.
A 2015-2017 state workload analysis found the district attorney’s office needs another three prosecutors based on the number and complexity of cases.
A proposed budget from Gov. Tony Evers would add a full-time prosecutor position to Dunn County, Nodolf said.
Following are the homicide cases that occurred or were resolved in 2018 in Dunn County:
While accused of huffing aerosol spray, Serghei Kundilovski, 37, of California, drove across the median of Interstate 94 in July 2017, striking and killing a driver and two passengers, all from Minneapolis.
Three months later, Kundilovski pleaded guilty to three counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle. In April he was given 75 years in prison and 30 years of probation.
Cullen Osburn, 29, of Minnesota, was charged with murder and aggravated battery in 2017 after an early-morning altercation involving an international UW-Stout student outside Toppers Pizza in downtown Menomonie in 2016. The student died the next day as a result of traumatic brain injuries.
In April, a jury acquitted Osburn of murder, but convicted him of the aggravated battery charge.
Osburn was sentenced in July to four years in prison and four years of extended supervision.
Todd Dormanen, 48, if Boyceville, caused a February head-on crash that killed a woman and injured another near Boyceville.
He was sentenced to 17 years in prison in October.
Ezra McCandless, 21, of Stanley, was charged with fatally stabbing a 24-year-old Eau Claire man March 22 in the town of Spring Brook.
She has pleaded not guilty. A jury trial is slated to begin April 2.
Richard Seehaver, 52, of Menomonie, is accused of fatally shooting his roommate with a crossbow in their Menomonie residence on Dec. 30.
Seehaver was found incompetent to stand trial in February and will serve up to a year in the Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison before his homicide case moves forward in Dunn County.