Doug Nitek found guilty of murder

UPDATE: Tuesday September 25 7:30 p.m.

After several hours of deliberation, the jury has found Doug Nitek guilty on one count of first degree intentional homicide.

The jury ultimately decided Nitek shot and killed Deputy Dan Glaze on Halloween weekend in 2016.

The jury found Nitek not guilty on several other charges – including attempted homicide. The prosecution argued he also shot at responding officers after killing Glaze.

The day started with more than four hours of closing arguments from both the defense and prosecution. (Details of those arguments can be found below.)

Before the jury read the verdict, public defender Charles Glynn brought up an issue he witnessed during deliberation. Glynn said he saw a bailiff and a chief deputy having a conversation in the hallway. That lead to a closed-door meeting between both sides and the judge.

Both sides reconvened.

Glaze’s widow Sarah was emotional as she hugged others in the courtroom after Nitek was led away by officers.

“Obviously we just want justice to be served and for him ideally not to get out. Not be able to harm anyone else,” Glaze told News 18.

A sentencing date was not announced Tuesday night.

This brings an end to an eight-day trial in Dunn County.

UPDATE: Tuesday, September 25 5:30 p.m.

Jury deliberations continue – now nearly four hours in. The jury has announced it will continue to deliberate into the night.

UPDATE: Tuesday, September 25 1:42 p.m.

Jury deliberations are underway after more than four hours of closing arguments.

The judge said he does not know how long deliberations will take.

UPDATE: Tuesday, September 25
Closing arguments are underway in the trial of Doug Nitek, the man accused of killing Rusk County Deputy Dan Glaze.

During closing arguments, the prosecution walked the jury through the events of the day Glaze died – saying Nitek fired six times and the second shot went through the windshield killing Dan Glaze.

The prosecution said, “It is time to tell the defendant to take responsibility for what he did.”

They played radio traffic of what they called the last 15 seconds of Glaze’s life. In the video you can hear gunshots.

“The defendant’s motive was clear. The defendant did not like law enforcement,” according to Assistant Attorney General Richard Dufour.

The prosecution wrapped up their closing arguments around 10:40 a.m.

The defense began its closing arguments around 11 a.m.

Public defender Charles Glynn said Doug Nitek was legally parked on his own property, and Dan Glaze went out of his way to drive by his property that night.

Glynn said because it was so dark out, Nitek could not tell it was a sheriff’s deputy vehicle, thus it is impossible to prove Nitek intended to kill Glaze.

Public defender Richard Jones told the jury they need to give Nitek the benefit of unreasonable doubt.

 


UPDATE: Monday, September 24

The defense has rested its case in the Doug Nitek trial and closing arguments will begin Tuesday morning.

Nitek is accused of shooting and killing Deputy Dan Glaze nearly two years ago.

The defense rested after calling one witness on Saturday.

The judge denied the defense’s motion of a mistrial – they argued the jurors may have seen Nitek in handcuffs or shackles.

On Monday, the judge upheld a decision he made over the weekend to dismiss three charges against Nitek – one count of a felon in possession of a firearm and two counts of endangering safety of officers. Those two counts were referencing accusations that Nitek started shooting at responding officers after Glaze was shot. There was no proof of those charges on the record and they were not brought up in court.

Later on Monday, the judge dismissed five more counts of bail jumping against Nitek. Nitek had been charged in Sawyer County previously. Once again, the judge said the prosecution did not provide proper evidence during the trial.

The prosecution called the defense resting unexpectedly “trial by ambush” and argued he needed more time to prepare closing arguments. The prosecution is requesting closing arguments be presented Tuesday morning.


UPDATE: Friday, September 21

Crime lab specialists took the stand on the fourth day of Doug’ Nitek’s trial. Nitek is facing 31 counts in the 2016 shooting that killed Rusk County Deputy Dan Glaze.

The Remington bolt-action rifle that was used to kill Glaze was brought into court on Friday. Crime lab specialists responded to questions about evidence collected that day of the shooting.

A firearm and toolmark examiner Mark Simonson said he was able to match the gun to bullet casings found at the scene. Another witness was able to match the gun to Nitek’s DNA after swabbing the gun.

Another witness, Aaron Matson, depicted the crime through the scope of the rifle that killed Glaze. Video presented in court showed what the scene of the crime looked like from two locations where Nitek allegedly fired the gun.

The trial will continue on Saturday with closing arguments expected to be Monday.

 


UPDATE: Thursday, September 20

Day three of the Doug Nitek murder trial included testimony from another 19 state witnesses.

That is on top of the 20 that were called on Wednesday.

Nitek faces 31 counts in the October 2016 shooting, including the murder of Rusk County Deputy Dan Glaze.

Almost all of the witnesses called Thursday were law enforcement officials.

The trial will continue Friday at 8 a.m.



UPDATE: Wednesday, September 19
Day two of the Doug Nitek murder trial included trial included testimony from 20 state witnesses.

Nitek faces 31 counts in the October 2016 shooting, including the murder of Rusk County Deputy Dan Glaze.

Wednesday, the jury heard from a number of law enforcement officials as well as a pathologist. Nitek’s defense has said he did not know it was Glaze who pulled into his field that night and he shot at the car because he feared for his life.

The trial will continue Thursday at 8 a.m.


UPDATE: Tuesday, September 18
Rusk County (WQOW) – The trial for the man accused of killing a Rusk County deputy is underway.

Doug Nitek is charged with killing Deputy Dan Glaze nearly two years ago.

On Tuesday, Amber Hahn representing the Attorney General’s Office explained what happened the day Glaze was killed.

Hahn said Glaze was on patrol when he saw Nitek’s vehicle parked in a field. Glaze turned around and toward the vehicle and then you can hear gunshots on the dashboard camera – one of which hit Deputy Glaze, according to Hahn.

Hahn said Nitek chose to end Glaze’s life and Nitek needs to be held accountable for that. Hahn also said Nitek had to reload his gun, because six rounds were fired and Nitek’s gun only held four rounds.

Nitek’s attorney Charles Glynn said Nitek was parked in the field because that was the only spot he could get cell service.

Glynn said Nitek did not know it was a sheriff’s deputy vehicle. He said Nitek feared for his life because he had enemies and thought someone was out to get him.

The first witness to take the stand was Deputy Glaze’s wife, Sarah. She began to cry as she described a picture of her husband and kids that was in the courtroom.


Posted September 17
Rusk County (WQOW) –
Nearly two years after a Rusk County deputy was shot to death, his alleged killer is about to go on trial.

Jury selection was held Monday for Doug Nitek, charged with murdering Deputy Dan Glaze.

Eight-one Rusk County residents went to the Rusk County Courthouse with suitcases Monday. The potential jurors were ordered to do that by the judge, so that in the event they were selected to be jurors, they would be ready to immediately board a bus to Menomonie, where Nitek’s trial will be held.

Nitek was in court Monday in street clothes, with no handcuffs or visible shackles that might influence jurors. The judge, prosecutors and Nitek’s lawyers questioned the potential jurors on whether they knew Nitek, or had already decided if he was guilty or not. They were also asked if they had any previous dealings with law enforcement that may sway them one way or the other, and whether methamphetamine had affected them in any way, because meth is a part of the case.

The judge ended up dismissing more than 30 people. After the lawyers made their strikes, 15 people – 10 women and five men were selected.

News 18 also learned Monday that nearly 100 witnesses are set to testify. Two-thirds of them work in law enforcement.

Opening arguments will be heard Tuesday morning.

The trial is expected to last up to 17 days, including Saturdays.

The jury will be sequestered with no access to TVs, radio or newspaper. They will also be allowed very limited contact with family members.

WQOW Staff

WQOW Staff

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