Attempted homicide charged
Stabbing suspect in custody on $50,000 cash bond
Jason W. Oertel, 37, New London, is charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide.
At 10:20 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, Waupaca County deputies were dispatched to a home on Ferry Street in the town of Mukwa.
The victim, 43-year-old Delos Luedtke, and his fiancée accused Oertel of stabbing Luedtke twice, once in the side near his ribs and once in his stomach.
Luedtke was flown to ThedaCare in Neenah where he underwent surgery to repair his spleen.
According to the criminal complaint, Oertel had been in the house with Luedtike’s fiancée. He allegedly slapped her butt and called her a rude name.
Oertel later entered the unattached garage where Luedtke was working and reportedly said, “Tell your woman I won’t grab her ass so much next time.”
Oertel then went to a nearby Northport tavern.
When Luedtke learned what happened, he became angry and called Oertel at the bar.
Investigators say Oertel returned to Luedtke’s home, encountered him outside the garage, stabbed him, then left.
Luedtke went into the house and his fiancée called 911.
Officers later determined that Oertel returned to the bar where he allegedly told several patrons and the bartender that he stabbed someone.
He passed the knife around to some of the patrons. One of them pocketed the knife, the complaint says.
Nobody at the bar contacted law enforcement about the stabbing.
Deputies recovered a folding pocket knife with a 3-inch serrated blade and a skull on the handle.
There was tissue on the blade.
Oertel remains in custody on a $50,000 cash bond.
He faces up to 60 years in prison if convicted.