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Daniel Lieske prelim

Daniel Lieske, left, with his lawyer, Dennis Burke, in court for his preliminary hearing on Tuesday.

A rural Marshall man charged with shooting a Sun Prairie man to death, then hiding his body in a storage locker in Rio, was ordered to stand trial Tuesday after a judge found there was sufficient evidence for the case against him to continue.

Dane County Circuit Judge Julie Genovese said there was ample evidence to order Daniel Lieske, 59, to stand trial on charges of first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse for the Jan. 16 death of 21-year-old Jesse Faber at Lieske’s home on Box Elder Road in the town of Medina, just outside Marshall.

Assistant District Attorney Erin Hanson didn’t solicit much testimony from Dane County Sheriff’s Detective Brian Frisch about Faber’s death. Instead, Frisch testified about statements made to him by Lieske’s girlfriend, Meichelle Goss, 51, which detailed her observations as Lieske took Faber’s body, rolled inside a carpet, in a minivan from Lieske’s home to a barn on a nearby property.

Later, Goss told Frisch, Lieske drove the minivan to Rio, where he left Faber’s body in a storage locker that Lieske had rented. That’s where police ultimately found Faber’s body, Frisch said.

Frisch testified that Faber had been reported missing on Jan. 17, and that while Lieske was present during the search for Faber, he said nothing to police about where Faber was.

Court documents state that Lieske told police later that he shot Faber after a physical fight, during which he said Faber, brandishing a sickle and a pipe, tried to kill him. The fight followed a party that night at an apartment near Lieske’s where Goss’ children live.

Goss, who is charged with hiding a corpse, waived her right to a preliminary hearing last month and a not guilty plea was entered for her.

Lieske will formally enter pleas to the charges against him at a later date before Circuit Judge Jill Karofsky.

Ed Treleven is the courts reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.