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Man accused of committing double murder appears in court

Posted: 1:48 PM, Mar 28, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-29 10:25:25-04
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MANITOWOC, Wis. — New information has been released in the case of a double homicide that happened in Manitowoc back in early September last year.

Karl Hess faces two counts of First Degree Intentional Homicide in the murders of Richard Miller and his daughter, Jocelyn. Hess appeared in court on Thursday.

According to the probable cause statement released Thursday, Hess was familiar with Richard Miller and knew Miller had a large amount of cash kept at his home. On the night of the murder, authorities say Hess waited for Richard's friends to leave and then broke into the house.

The probable cause statement says Hess shot Richard twice and then went into Jocelyn's room. Authorities say Hess heard Jocelyn crying and saying "NO". Court documents say Hess told her to "BE QUIET" and shot her once. According to court documents, he then stole the safe, wallet and phone. The probable cause statement says Karl Hess admitted to investigators that he was having financial difficulties.

In court on Thursday, people in the courtroom were observed crying during proceedings.

Hess' bond was set at $1 million dollars. His next court appearance is scheduled for Monday.

Karl Hess Probable Cause Statement by Alice Reid on Scribd