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Man accused of killing domestic violence advocate charged with homicide

Brent Kaempf Photo: Image by Marinette County Jail

Man accused of killing domestic violence advocate charged with homicide

By Jaclyn Brandt. CREATED May 1, 2013

PESHTIGO - A man suspected in the murder of his girlfriend on April 28 has officially been charged with First-Degree Intentional Homicide.

According to the criminal complaint, two of Patricia Waschbisch's neighbors were speaking with her on the night of April 28. She had reportedly told them she was ending her relationship with Brent Kaempf because he had followed her to a bar the night before and wouldn't leave. They said that Kaempf showed up that night but didn't come into the home until after they left.

A child staying in Waschbisch's home stayed the night at the neighbors' home that night, and couldn't reach Waschbisch in the morning. She sent text messages to both Waschbisch and Kaempf, but did not receive a response.

The neighbor said around 1:00 p.m., she received a text message from Kaempf  saying he and Waschbisch were at Wal-Mart and they should not come home yet. When they went to drop the child off, Waschbisch's car was in the driveway and the front door was open.

They found Waschbisch dead on the floor, and called 911.

Kaempf was found in Wauwatosa on April 29 at 3:00 a.m. A Wauwatosa police officer was on patrol and saw a vehicle parked with a man asleep inside. The officer saw the bulletin for Kaempf and took him into custody.

Kaempf later told police that the stabbing happened in the home he shared with Waschbisch, either late Saturday night or early Sunday morning.