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Stabbing suspect charged with homicide


Peters accused of killing his mother

By Robert Cloud

Waupaca County District Attorney Kat Turner charged Jordan D. Peters, 19, Clintonville, with first-degree intentional homicide Monday, Sept. 11.

Peters is accused of stabbing his mother, Angela S. Zahn, 39, Neenah, while she was driving them in Clintonville.

Zahn graduated from Clintonville High School and later moved to the Fox Valley area.

Shortly after 12:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 4, officers were dispatched to an open-line 911 call in Olsen Park. A woman could be heard moaning. She said she had been stabbed.

The Waupaca County Communications could not precisely locate where the caller was located.

Sgt. Matthew Wright with the Clintonville Police Department found a man standing beside a car with its driver’s side door open.

The car was on Memorial Circle, which runs on the northwest side of the park.

A woman was lying in a fetal position down the street from the man, who police identified as Peters.

According to the criminal complaint, Peters told Wright, “I stabbed her.”

He then threw a folding knife at Wright’s feet.

Life-saving efforts

Clintonville Police Officer Anthony Arrieta began trying to save the Zahn’s life.

He turned her over on her back and saw she had sustained a 1-inch stab wound below her sternum.

When Wright asked her who stabbed her, she said it was her son, according to a probable cause court document filed by Wright.

She told Wright, “He hates me,” the complaint says.

Paramedics from Clintonville Ambulance arrived and continued treatment.

Theda Star then flew the victim to ThedaCare Medical Center in Neenah, where she was pronounced dead at 7:29 p.m. Sept. 4.

Wright questioned Peters at the Clintonville police station.

“I guess I got really angry and was thinking about the past and got to the breaking point and just stabbed her,” Peters told Wright, according to the complaint.

Peters reportedly said he brought the knife along because he planned to hurt his mother. He said he had been thinking about it for the past year and planning for it the past week,

He is currently in custody on a $1 million cash bond.

If convicted, Peters could be sentenced to life in prison.

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