Wis. man pleads not guilty in deputy shooting

CREATED Dec. 20, 2013

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MEDFORD, Wis. (AP) -- A 28-year-old Westboro man accused of shooting and wounding a Taylor County deputy sheriff has pleaded not guilty.
   
Alexander Schneider was charged with attempted first-degree homicide and five other felonies in the Sept. 8 shooting of Deputy Chad Kowalczyk, who was hit once in the abdomen.
   
Kowalczyk was shot after he went to Schneider's home to investigate a woman's complaint that Schneider had sent her at least 16 text messages that day, in violation of a restraining order.
   
Prosecutors say Schneider shot the deputy through the front door with a .22-caliber rifle.
   
The deputy has been cleared to return to work but the exact date has not been determined.
   
Schneider has been jailed on $1 million cash bond since his arrest. WAOW-TV reports no trial date was set.