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Two charged in murder of Beau Butschke

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L to R: James Richards, James Richardson.

Two charged in murder of Beau Butschke

CREATED Aug. 1, 2011 - UPDATED: Aug. 1, 2011

JANESVILLE - The Jefferson County District Attorney's Office charged two suspects Monday in the murder of Beau Butschke.

James Richards, 19, of Oconomowoc, and James Richardson, 51, of Watertown, were both charged as parties to the crime of first degree intentional homicide.

Richardson was Butschke's neighbor in a duplex in Ixonia.

The police report said that Richards was trying to find a place to stay when he went to Janesville police. Detectives there knew that investigators in Jefferson County were trying to talk to him.

Richards confessed to detectives that he was involved in the killing, and he gave information on where to find Richardson.

According to TODAY'S TMJ4's Tom Murray, Richards reportedly told police that he "got ditched by Jimmy" and that Richardson was on a "one-man crime spree."

Richards and Richardson spent at least one night at the Northern Town Motel.

"We didn't know because they were staying here, and we had no problem," said Binsidha Patel, the manager of the motel.

Police found Richardson in his pickup truck at a bus terminal in Janesville after the tip Richards gave them.

Richards said an officer had stopped both suspects shortly after the disappearance to ask if they knew anything, before investigators had evidence allegedly linking Richardson to the crime.

Butschke's body was discovered at Ski Slide Storage, two weeks after he disappeared.

Check back for more details on this breaking story as details come in to us.

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