Wisconsin man called authorities about dead body. He’s now accused of murdering his mother

Source: MEGA; Wisconsin Department of Justice

May 13 2021, Published 5:48 p.m. ET

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A man who alerted law enforcement officials about a body is now accused of murder, federal prosecutors in Wisconsin said.

On May 10 around 3 p.m., Sean Pickett, 21, called authorities to report a dead woman in a home in the village of Avoca, according to federal prosecutors.

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Inside the residence, responding officers from the Avoca Police Department found the body of Susan Pickett, 54, as well as a dog. The victim’s son, Sean, allegedly had blood on his shoes, pants and shirt, NBC15 reported 

Pickett is now considered a suspect in the death of his mother, 

According to Madison’s WMTV, the DOJ’s Division of Criminal Investigation interviewed the son and he allegedly admitted to killing the dog and using a knife to stab his mother in the neck before taking a metal pole and striking her on the head and body.

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Sean Picket was charged with first-degree intentional homicide and could face up to life in prison if convicted.

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In addition, he is accused of intentional mistreatment of an animal resulting in death. If found guilty on that charge, he could be fined up to $10,000 and be sentenced to over three years in prison, or both. 

A judge ordered Pickett be held on a cash bond of up to $100,000. 

A neighbor of the mother and son told WKOW that they didn’t know much about the pair. "I think I did see their son once or twice," Ray Peterson said. 

A second neighbor, Carlene Ramsden, noted the area has had some drug-related troubles, but never murder.

“That just saddened me to no end,” Ramsden said. “It's something you never think will [happen]. Just extremely horrified by that."


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