Suspect in Hartford teen murder to stand trial

CREATED Jul 9, 2014

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WEST BEND -- Before a jury of 12 hears the evidence, a single judge sets the terms for what the jury can and cannot hear.

That's what happened today inside a Washington County courtroom as the trial for the murder of 19-year-old Jessica Blodgett inched one step closer to starting.
 
Prosecutors blame Daniel Bartelt for the gruesome murder of Blodgett, his former classmate and friend. Last summer, police found Blodgett bound and strangled. 
 
Bartelt first told investigators he had nothing to do with it, and police didn't arrest him until several days after the crime.
 
Now more than a year later, lawyers discussed more than a dozen motions about evidence, witnesses, picking jurors and other legal issues.
 
The trial, scheduled to last up to two weeks, starts August 11.