MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WTAQ) - A Milwaukee doctor is scheduled to be sentenced Friday for the murder of his ex-wife. It took a jury only 31 minutes yesterday to convict 72-year-old Gerhard Witte of first-degree intentional homicide in the stabbing death of 65-year-old Elisabeth Witte in May of 2008 in a downtown Milwaukee parking garage. Jurors also rejected the doctor’s plea that he was insane at the time.
Witte acted as his own attorney, and did not put up much of a defense. He told the jury he was an honorable man who has governed his life by reason and a love for his family – and he called the slaughter of his ex-wife a “big” lapse. Witte also said he was being illegally confined, and would provide no other evidence of his possible insanity. A doctor for the state testified that Witte did not have a mental disease that would explain the murder. Authorities said Witte was angry about his divorce settlement when he approached his ex-wife as she was walking toward her car. Officials said he stabbed her in the abdomen and slit her throat.