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MA steelworker charged in death of Mazomanie woman

Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A 39-year-old man told authorities he had a magical relationship with a Dane County woman before she put a gun in his mouth, and a resulting struggle ended in her death.

Phillip Byrd, a steelworker from Mansfield Massachusetts, was charged Thursday with first-degree intentional homicide. He's accused of killing his ex-girlfriend, 43-year-old Cheryl Gilberg, who was found dead February 23rd at her home in Mazomanie.

Byrd waived the state's time limit for a preliminary hearing, and the status of his case will be reviewed at a hearing on April 21st.

Authorities said they found Byrd in Janesville the day after the killing -- and they arrested him on outstanding warrants for driving drunk and not paying child support.

Prosecutors did not explain how Byrd was tracked to Rock County, where he's been jailed since his arrest.

A prosecutor said Byrd's job as a steelworker gave him contacts throughout the nation, and he's been frequently moving. Prosecutors said Byrd was addicted to alcohol and crack cocaine.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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