Investigators Explain How They Broke the Sidie Murder Case

By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email
By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email
Sergeant Pat LaBarbera of the Jackson County Sheriff

39-year-old Doug Sidie has been arrested for first degree intentional homicide

Investigators tell WEAU 13 News more about how they were able to break the Alisha Sidie murder case on Saturday.

Investigators say two things happened at once- a key witness changed his story and said he knew Alisha had been killed. Then the Jackson County dive team found the handgun prosecutors say Doug Sidie used to kill his ex-wife Alisha Sidie.

Sergeant Pat LaBarbera, with the Jackson County Sheriff's Department, says a man who was in the Sidie house when the murder happened changed his original story. On Saturday, Nov. 15, he admitted although he did not witness Alisha’s murder more than a week earlier, he did know that she had been killed.

Around the same time, LaBarbera says the volunteer Jackson County Dive Team found a handgun where an orange marker now floats in Morrison Creek. Prosecutors say Doug Sidie used that gun to kill Alisha.

For diver Gary George, the work was a personal mission.

"It meant a lot to me because Alisha was a friend of mine so it felt good to do what we did for her,” Gary George says.

22 volunteers on the dive team spent all week looking for evidence.

“We were diving with water that was zero visibility. Water temperatures were running 40 to 42 degrees, so it was very cold for the divers," says Keith Cormican, who directs the Jackson County Dive Team.

Sgt. Pat LaBarbera says the dive team was crucial to solving the murder. All the dive team volunteers say they're thankful they could help the sheriff's department and help Alisha's family find some closure.

"As volunteers we come in here and do this so that these efforts can move along quickly,” says diver and team trainer Ed Davis.

LaBarbera says on Saturday, investigators confronted Doug Sidie with the new facts and evidence, and that's when he confessed to shooting and killing Alisha Sidie in front of their home after an argument.

Wednesday, Doug Sidie was charged with first degree intentional homicide, hiding a corpse, eight counts of obstructing an officer, and one count of misdemeanor bail jumping in his ex-wife's death.

The judge also judge ordered Doug Sidie be held without bond and delayed further proceedings until he gets a lawyer.

The judge will also recuse himself from Doug Sidie's next court appearance.

The judicial assistant says Judge Thomas Lister is removing himself from the case because he represented Doug Sidie in a 2002 personal injury civil lawsuit. That case was dismissed in 2003. An out-of-county judge will be brought in to hear the case.

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  • by Daniel Location: south west WI on Dec 8, 2008 at 05:10 PM
    What will happen to the person in the house? who was he?
  • by Amazed Location: Midwest on Nov 27, 2008 at 12:06 AM
    Wow, I'm amazed at how childish some of you are acting. God bless Alisha's memory and her family.
  • by DB Location: Eau Claire on Nov 23, 2008 at 09:15 PM
    To the class of 1997 it is always easy for people like you to place blame not EVERYONE who goes to the bar is hurting their family I know from being a bartender for 7 yrs that yes there are irresponsible low lifes but there are also responsible people who go there for casual fun. For you to compare church and bar is kind of funny cuz everyone knows there are just as many sinners in church who do and have done horrible things. Its also funny u say people have done pretty stupid things while drinkin Hell we do stupid things NOT drinking as well. How about everyone start placing blame on individuals and not generalize all of society for the bad apples.You act like if u go to church that obviously makes u good maybe investigate the sexual offender list or serial killers or mass murderers who dont drink but are active members of their church.Alcohol can ruin lives if the person drinkin it chooses to let it but that is no diff then anything else in the end we ultimately control our choices!
  • by 1 of many volunteer searchers Location: jackson county on Nov 21, 2008 at 11:46 PM
    First my heart goes out to the family. May you all find peace within. 4 all the nosey ppl who want 2 know about Alisha & Dougs relationship who the person in the house was or if hes being charged. Why would u want 3rd & 4th party gossip from here? Does it make this more understandable 2 u if they had a bad relationship?Stop trying to get the dirt on this womans life let her rest in peace and keep her dignity.We all have skeltons & things we R ashamed of.Before u rush over 2 sweep the neighbors front porch take the broom 2 yours.If u really care and want 2 know go sit in the court room u can get all the info youll need there. THE FAMILY & FRIENDS OF BOTH PARTIES DO READ THIS PLEASE STOP CAUSING MORE PAIN. Try puting yourself in the families shoes-what if this was ur sister/daughter/friend/son/brother/father? There are 2 sides 2 this coin & both are hurting.The twins r young & wont recall this tragic event the older preteen boy will please keep their best intrest in mind when postin here.
  • by Deb Location: Whitehall on Nov 21, 2008 at 03:09 PM
    Maybe everyone is expecting a little too much of Law Enforcement. While there was no evidence of a crime, they HAD to do all they could to find Alisha alive. Once they ran out of options there, they bring in Crime scene techs. That was, what, Thursday? It takes time to collect, bag, label, and ship samples, I am sure. I am also sure that this is not the only crime on the line up for lab work. From what I've seen, crime scenes can be cleaned up so well that you need to use special lighthing to see it..microscopes to examine it. I think Law Enforcement did a great job. The witness should be charged for something. He knew. Doug isn't insane, and with those gloves, it seems pretty much 1st degree intentional to me. Alicia will live on in memory, God Bless the kids.
  • by who on Nov 21, 2008 at 01:48 PM
    who is the key witness anyone know?
  • by Thankful Location: Black River Falls on Nov 21, 2008 at 12:35 PM
    I just want to say "Thank You" to all the law enforcement people & caring citizens who were involved in trying to find Alisha. I was born & raised in this area & we have had our share of problems, but we also have a lot of very caring people here & consider myself lucky to call this area home. I know Alisha's family are also thankful for all the help they received--Let's let the family heal & Alisha rest in peace.
  • by Who is the other person Location: ... on Nov 21, 2008 at 12:23 PM
    It is illegal to have knowledge of a murder or a crime and not report it immediately,also he knew about the obstruction that Doug was causing, when he was getting on tv asking for Alisha to come home. Wouldn't that be something like accessory. If somebody knew where your kids were wouldn't you want them to tell you!
  • by BRF Resident Location: Black River Falls on Nov 21, 2008 at 12:21 PM
    I wish the witness would have come forth sooner-it wouldn't have changed the outcome, but, all concerned would have had resolve & wouldn't have had to listen to more lies from Alisha's killer. I think this witness should at least be charged with obstruction of justice to say the least.
  • by Agree w/ class of 1997 Location: BRF on Nov 21, 2008 at 11:44 AM
    I agree class of 1997. BRF is a sad place to live and many people are in the bars. I believe what you said should be said and I hope people think about what you said. The Church should be more over crowded then the bars. People would be more happier and marriages would be more happier, plus children may respect there parents and learn better lessons. Thanks for saying what you said. God Bless!
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