DA files motion for Shane Helmbrecht to return to Wisconsin

Shane Helmbrecht, during an appearance in Eau Claire County court.
Shane Helmbrecht, during an appearance in Eau Claire County court.(WEAU)
Published: Oct. 3, 2023 at 4:33 PM CDT
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EAU CLAIRE COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) - There is a new filing in the case of a man accused of killing an Eau Claire woman seven years ago, who walked away from a group home in Tomah last week.

In court documents obtained by WEAU, it shows the Eau Claire County District Attorney filed a motion Tuesday for imposition of nonmonetary bond conditions.

The motion asks that if 51-year-old Shane Helmbrecht is present outside of the State of Wisconsin, he must return to the State of Wisconsin within 48 hours of the imposition of this condition. It also requests that Helmbrecht may not leave the State of Wisconsin without express written permission from Eau Claire County Circuit Court Judge Sarah M. Harless. The court documents also say he is to have no possession of any dangerous weapons, including knives other than a kitchen knife used by him within his own residence.

Eau Claire County Sheriff, Dave Riewestahl, says the motion still needs to be put in front of a judge to be ordered. Once that happens, the judge would likely file a warrant, sending out an alert to all law enforcement to be on the lookout for Helmbrecht. The sheriff says because this is still a civil case, his department is not responsible for Helmbrecht’s whereabouts, and have not had any contact with him.

As of now, it is still unclear where Helmbrecht is. On Monday, a Green Alert, which is issued for missing veterans, was sent out after he hadn’t been seen for a few days from the Tomah group home. Helmbrecht was later found safe by police near the city of Santa Fe, and released.

Helmbrecht is accused of shooting and killing his neighbor, Jen Ward, in Eau Claire in 2016. He was found incompetent to stand trial and was ordered to live in a mental health facility.

A copy of the state’s motion for imposition of nonmonetary bond conditions is below:

The affidavit in support of state’s motion for imposition of State of Wisconsin is below: