I’ve been sitting in on some of the testimony from the first-degree murder trial of Jeremy Hull, who is accused of killing Lewis Wilczek in April of 2007.
Here’s my story for today. I especially like the last line.
by Brett Larson
Messenger Staff Writer
Witnesses testified on Oct. 23 that Jeremy Hull, on the day Lewis Wilczek was reported missing, bought a Harley Davidson motorcycle and several items of leather clothing while pretending to be Wilczek.
Hull is on trial for first-degree murder in the 2007 death of Wilczek.
A St. Cloud police officer testified that he stopped Hull on May 2. Hull was driving Wilczek’s truck and at first claimed to be Wilczek. He then said he was Chad Gombos.
When computer checks showed that neither name fit Hull’s description, the officer took Hull into custody.
Later, a Benton County deputy testified that he had stopped Hull on May 1 in Foley for a bad tire. He was driving Wilczek’s truck and towing a rented Bobcat — presumably returning from the Milo Township property where Wilczek’s burned and buried body was found on May 5.
The jury of six men and six women also heard from the man who sold Hull the Harley at Donahue’s in St. Cloud, the woman who helped him with financing, another woman who sold him the leather clothing, and a man who sold him insurance for the motorcycle.
All four knew him as Lewis Wilczek.
The manager of an apartment complex said Hull had rented an apartment using the name Chad Gombos. When police came to the building on the day Hull was arrested, they smelled a foul odor coming from his room. The manager testified that the police found a decomposing snake in the apartment.
When Hull rented the apartment in April, he said he didn’t have any pets.