Murder trial slated to begin Jan. 13
Woman charged in 2015 stabbing
A Fremont woman in jail on a $1 million cash bond since her March 2015 arrest will soon face a jury.
The first-degree intentional homicide trial against Alison C. Roe, 44, is scheduled to start Friday, Jan. 13.
Her trial has been postponed at least twice due to hearings on motions filed by both the prosecution and defense.
Roe is accused of killing her boyfriend, Craig P. Dake, who was 43 at the time.
At 2:45 a.m. Friday, March 6, Waupaca County Sheriff’s Deputy Bryan Strobusch was dispatched to an apartment at 397 Jefferson St. in Fremont.
A woman had called 911 and reported stabbing her boyfriend.
When he entered the apartment, Strobusch found Dake lying face up on the blood-splattered bathroom floor. He was wearing pajama bottoms and a shirt was draped over his chest.
He was not breathing and did not have a pulse.
Detective Sgt. Julie Thobaben, with the sheriff’s office, questioned Roe about the incident.
According to the criminal complaint, Roe told Thobaben that she and Dake had been in bed talking when the conversation became an argument.
Roe said Dake left the bedroom and went into the living room to watch TV. Roe then went into the kitchen and picked up a knife because previous arguments had become physical.
Roe said she and Dake returned to the bedroom some time later and they began arguing again.
Investigators report that Roe said Dake punched her in the mouth, choked her with his hands around her neck, then pushed her face down onto the bed in a chokehold.
Roe told Thobaben that she grabbed the knife from the night stand, swung it backwards and struck him. She said Dake clutched his chest, then went into the bathroom and fell to the floor.
Roe followed Dake into the bathroom, panicked and did not know what to do other than to place a shirt over his bleeding wound.
She then changed out of her bloody clothes and went to her daughter’s home to call 911.
Thobaben reported that Roe’s lip was swollen and there appeared to be red marks on her neck.
Waupaca County Coroner Barry Tomaras ruled Dake’s death a homicide and his body was transported to the Fond du Lac medical examiner for an autopsy.
The medical examiner reported finding a 4-inch deep wound that penetrated past the ribs into the heart.
Roe faces life in prison if convicted of first-degree intentional homicide.