Crawford County Sheriff’s department dispatch received a 911 call from a residence on Velvet Lane in Bridgeport Township. Officers responded and found Linda L. Kline age 53 of Velvet lane, Bridgeport Township, deceased lying on the ground outside the residence. Linda’s sister Michelle Little age 55 and Linda’s boyfriend Jimmy D McDaniel age 48 were also at the residence.
By Dave Collins -
Prairie du Chien, WI - Oct. 10, 2016 - In a nearly empty Crawford County Courtroom of Judge Rider the defendant Jimmy D. McDaniel appeared on closed circuit TV with his public defender. The victim’s family sat behind prosecutor Tim Baxter.
Bond was discussed. Due to the fact that the defendant is an over the road trucker who resides in Hampton, Ga., has little ties to this area, and the serious nature of the crime, Judge Rider set the bond at $500,000 cash. McDaniel is to have no contact with the Muns(sp?) or Little families. The next court date is set for Oct. 17th at 1:30 p.m.
The Probable Cause Statement is as follows:
On October 5, 2016, at approximately 12:15 a.m., a 911 call came into the Crawford County, WI Law Enforcement Center that a woman had hanged herself. Crawford County Sheriffs Department Deputies Kyle Mezera and Sergeant Phil Baumgartner, and City of Prairie du Chien Police officer Tony Berg, responded.
Officer Berg was first to arrive on scene. Officer Berg noted a female laying on the ground in the backyard of the residence located in the town of Bridgeport. Officer Berg noted a male subject kneeling near the head of the female. Officer Berg stated that as he approached, the male, subsequently identified as Jimmy D. McDaniel, looked up at him and, at that time, began what appeared to be CPR compressions on the female. Officer Berg told the defendant to back away from the female and to go into the residence. Officer Berg stated that he contacted emergency medical personnel to the scene. EMT's arrive and confirmed that the female was deceased. The victim was identified as Linda Klein. Continue
On October 5th 2016 at 12 20 a.m. the
The body was taken to UW Madison Hospital where an autopsy was performed. During the autopsy Forensic Pathologist Dr. Michael Steier ruled the death as a homicide.
On October 6th 2016 the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department requested assistance from the Prairie du Chien Police Department to arrest McDaniel while he was in the lobby of one of the local hotels in Prairie du Chien. McDaniel was waiting for a ride to the La Crosse Airport to fly back to Georgia.
McDaniel is currently in the Crawford County Jail awaiting a bond hearing on Charges.
Crawford County Sheriff Dept. is continuing to investigate this homicide.