JEFFERSON - The man suspected of killing two people outside a downtown Jefferson bar early Sunday erupted in a profanity-laced outburst following his initial appearance in Jefferson County Circuit Court on Monday, requiring several deputies to restrain him.
Judge William Hue had only moments before set bail for Andrew J. Wirth, 25, of Jefferson, at $1 million. As Hue adjourned the hearing, Wirth - who police say is a member of the Diablos Lobos motorcycle gang and has "nothing to lose" tattooed on the front of his neck - quickly stood up, turned to the audience in the courtroom and said the charges were "ridiculous."
He then began to fight with bailiffs, who ultimately tackled Wirth and dragged him to a holding area out of the courtroom.
The incident happened just a few feet from where coworkers and family members of one of the victims, Jennifer Luick, 37, an off-duty police officer from the Waukesha County town of Oconomowoc, were seated. The courtroom was quickly cleared as Wirth was ushered out.
"I believe it's typical of what he's being charged with," said town of Oconomowoc police Chief James Wallis, who was seated directly behind Wirth. "His actions are maybe consistent with what was (happening) on that evening."
Wirth is charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the shooting deaths of Luick and her friend, Gregg T. Peters, 40. Both lived in Jefferson County. A preliminary hearing was set for Dec. 15.
According to a criminal complaint, the shootings occurred at about 1:15 a.m. at Vinnie's Rock Bottom Bar in downtown Jefferson where Wirth and Peters had gotten into an argument over an incident on the bar's dance floor between Luick and Wirth, the complaint said.
According to the complaint:
Witness Carol Blasier told police that she and Luick were "having a good time" and jokingly grabbing the buttocks of those in the bar but that Wirth had taken offense. Wirth spoke with Luick and later was confronted by Peters. The two men then headed outside, where Wirth shot Peters and Luick.
Luick died at a Fort Atkinson hospital with a gunshot wound to the right breast area. Peters, who was shot in the left torso, died at a Milwaukee hospital.
Wirth told police that once he and Peters went outside Peters tried touching him and that "life happens." Wirth told police that Peters started the dispute but that he never intended to kill anyone. Three shell casings from a .380 caliber hand gun were found near the entrance to the bar. Wirth was arrested Sunday morning after Fort Atkinson police spotted his van on Highway 26.
Luick, who typically worked the second shift, in the 12-person department, was divorced and is survived by a 10- or 11-year-old son, town of Oconomowoc police Lt. Russ Paar said. She started as a part-time officer before being hired full time in 2005.
"She was just a great officer with a great personality," Paar said of Luick. "That's what makes this hard to understand. She could defuse almost any situation."