NOW:53045:USA01489
http://widgets.journalinteractive.com/cache/JIResponseCacher.ashx?duration=5&url=http%3A%2F%2Fdata.wp.myweather.net%2FeWxII%2F%3Fdata%3D*USA01489
28°
H 30° L 28°
Cloudy | 12MPH

Man convicted of killing Brookfield businessman

Jan. 11, 2012

Waukesha - A Milwaukee man was found guilty Wednesday of first-degree reckless homicide in the June killing of Brookfield businessman John Aegerter.

Tommy V. Douyette, 42, savagely beat Aegerter because Lynn M. Hajny had asked him to hurt Aegerter, court records state.

The two had gone to Aegerter's home June 21 to confront him because he reportedly owed money to Hajny's husband, Albert, who at one time was employed by Aegerter, according to the criminal complaint filed in the case. Douyette was described in the complaint as Lynn Hajny's boyfriend.

Douyette had been charged with first-degree intentional homicide as party to a crime, but the charge was reduced as part of a plea agreement that avoids a trial in Douyette's case. His trial had been scheduled for Jan. 30.

Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Lough said as part of the agreement, she will recommend that Douyette be sentenced to 35 years in prison and 15 years of extended supervision.

But Waukesha County Circuit Judge Patrick C. Haughney told Douyette Wednesday that he does not have to follow the recommendation. Haughney said he could sentence Douyette to the maximum 40 years in prison and 20 years of extended supervision that the first-degree reckless homicide conviction carries.

Had Douyette been convicted of first-degree intentional homicide, he would have been sentenced to life in prison.

The plea bargain requires Douyette to testify at Hajny's trial, now scheduled to begin May 7. Hajny, 49, of New Berlin, is charged with first-degree intentional homicide as party to a crime.

Lough said prosecutors and investigators have extensively debriefed Douyette about the homicide, have recorded multiple interviews with him and verified statements he made during those sessions.

During a separate hearing on Wednesday, Hajny's attorney, Michael F. Hart, told Haughney that Hajny has a long history of mental health treatment. Hart said he might pursue a mental health disease defense on her behalf and is seeking to have her evaluated. After that evaluation, Hart would decide whether to enter a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.

The next hearing in her case is set for Feb. 14.

Douyette will not be sentenced until after Hajny's case is resolved. His sentencing tentatively is set for May 23.

Aegerter's body was discovered face down in his garage by Brookfield police at 9:55 a.m. June 22 after officers were asked by one of his employees to go to his home and check on him because he had not shown up for work.

He had been beaten and bound, his face wrapped in duct tape and plastic grocery bags placed over his head. His ankles were tied with a black electrical cord, and a white electrical cord was around his neck, according to the complaint.

Douyette admitted to police that he had struck Aegerter about nine times with his bare hands, the complaint says.

Court records indicate that Hajny's cousin called police June 22 and told them Hajny had telephoned her and told her she had killed someone. Sometime after that call, Hajny and Douyette showed up at the woman's Slinger home, court records state.

Slinger police arrested the pair.

When the suspects were taken into custody, investigators found Aegerter's wallet, credit card and keys in Hajny's purse. One key ring was found in a towel with blood on it, the complaint says.

Both suspects also had blood drops on their shoes, and a shirt of Douyette's was found covered in blood, the complaint says.

Prosecutors plan to use DNA evidence during Hajny's trial, Lough said.

Aegerter, who lived alone, owned communications companies and several communication towers that transmit cellphone, pager and two-way business radio signals.

This site uses Facebook comments to make it easier for you to contribute. If you see a comment you would like to flag for spam or abuse, click the "x" in the upper right of it. By posting, you agree to our Terms of Use.

Suburban News Roundup

E-mail Newsletter

Your link to the biggest stories in the suburbs delivered Thursday mornings.


Enter your e-mail address above and click "Sign Up Now!" to begin receiving your e-mail newsletter
Get the Newsletter!

Login or Register to manage all your newsletter preferences.

Community Watch

» Westbound I-94 reopens after car fire at Brookfield ramp Updated:  1/27

» Residents invited to explore Germany 1/27

» City could spend over $12 million in providing aid for Irgens' The Corridor 1/22

» Brookfield council tables quarry project citing unanswered questions 1/20

» Brookfield officially changes water dept. schedules 1/20

» Suspected getaway driver in deadly robbery tells police being helpful 'in her nature' Updated:  1/19

» Registration for fee-based Elmbrook Preschool opens Feb. 5 1/19

» 2 arrested in fatal Waukesha Citgo robbery linked to violent spree Updated:  1/16

» Redevelopment plan proposed for Town of Brookfield Kmart site 1/16

» Suburban Selfies contest extended through Jan. 25; two selfie solutions to get you started! 1/15

» Brookfield East High School's Business Education Department recognized by council of Gov. Scott Walk 1/14

» Construction planned for I-94, Brookfield bridges 1/13

» Makeovers for pair of Brookfield shopping centers move on to Common Council 1/13

» Brookfield officials approve of apartment project, lament lack of lake access 1/13

» Brookfield printing company Wisconsin Web Offset to close 1/9

» Brookfield survey shows slight majority in favor of more chickens 1/6

» Brookfield takes another step in Irgens' TIF request 1/6

» Waukesha County executive race attracts 4 candidates Updated:  1/6

» Elm Grove aiming to restrict portable storage containers 1/6

» Lazar joins ballot for Waukesha County circuit judge 1/5

» Wind Chill advisory in effect for Waukesha County 1/4

» Brad Schimel names Susan Opper as acting DA in Waukesha County 1/2

» St. Dominic Catholic School to hold first Winterlude concert on Jan. 7 1/2

» Brookfield Goodwill store remains on pace to open 12/29

» Suburban Selfies is back! Win a $200 dinner! 12/24

View All Posts Got a tip? Welcome rss

Advertisement

Advertisement

Local Business Directory

CONNECT