Harrodsburg man charged in Wisconsin man’s death

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HARRODSBURG, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Harrodsburg man was arrested Monday for his reported role in the death of a Wisconsin man, whose body was stuffed in a box and dumped in rural Kentucky, according to the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators say 61-year old Clarence Hicks dumped the body of Douglas Bailey along a road in Bell County last November.

The criminal complaint against Hicks says he was in a romantic and sexual relationship with Bailey’s girlfriend, who is accused of killing him, according to a published report in the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, Wisconsin. Prosecutors say 45-year old Rose Marie Kuehni, of Prescott, Wisconsin, shot Bailey to death on November 22, 2015, at the home they shared in Prescott.

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The paper reports Kuehni told investigators that she shot Bailey after he threatened her and demanded sex. The report goes on to say she reportedly kept Bailey’s body at the home for several days before placing it in a box and driving it, along with another box full of his belongings, to Peoria, Illinois, on Thanksgiving Day.

Investigators say Kuehni met up with Hicks and put the two boxes in the back of his truck. The published report says Hicks is accused of driving 15-hours, non-stop, to a remote area in Bell County, Kentucky, and dumping the boxes down a mountainside. Investigators say the boxes were found after Kuehni reportedly confessed to the shooting and identified Hicks as the man who took the boxes and dumped them in Kentucky, according to the Pierce County Herald report.

The newspaper also reported that the Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory discovered “unknown male DNA” on shotgun shells found in the box containing Bailey’s belongings. The published report says investigators will collect Hicks’ DNA so it can be compared to the sample found on the shells.

The newspaper report says Hicks denied touching the shells, but did admit to providing Kuehni with ammunition in the past.

Citing the criminal complaint, the newspaper report says both Hicks and Kuehni deleted a string of text messages leading up to the day Hicks reportedly dumped the box containing Bailey’s body. Authorities were able to recover some, but not all, of those messages, according to the report.

Hicks has maintained in interviews with investigators that he didn’t know what was in the boxes, but admitted he dumped them in a place “no one would find them,” according to the published report.

Kuehni was charged in December 2015 with one count of first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse. She has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

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