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Criminal complaint: Homicide suspect running, nearly naked & covered in blood

Posted at 7:19 PM, May 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-06 21:31:22-04

GRAFTON -- The first homicide of its kind in Grafton in over 35 years happened Friday.

We’re learning more details of what happened Friday behind this police tape that lead to an 18-year-old being charged with homicide. That 18-year-old, Crystal Gutierrez saw her first day in court Monday afternoon.

Crystal Gutierrez faces life in prison for the alleged homicide of Brent Fitch in Grafton.

It happened Friday around 2 o’clock in the morning, when according to the criminal complaint the suspect’s Mom called the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Department to do a welfare check.

Police found the suspect running down the street. According to the criminal complaint, it was Gutierrez, who was naked from the waist down and covered in blood.

The criminal complaint says Gutierrez was distraught and told police, she woke up and “the family was standing around her” and she began stabbing Brent Fitch.

Police followed a trail of blood to 34-year-old Fitch’s body.

It was a shocking scene for members of the Grafton community like Michael Estel who lives nearby.

“It’s like holy wow. That house is just quiet you don’t know who is there who is not there,” Estel said.

Gutierrez’s attorney, Rachel Boaz, asked for $10,000 in bail, so the high school student could return to her parents in California to get help, Boaz says she can’t in jail.

“There is evidence that Ms. Gutierrez is a victim and needs to start getting mental help, however it’s limited in jail,” Boaz said.

Her parents, emotional in court, as Judge Sandy Williams set bail at $100,000 dollars. If posted, Gutierrez will not be allowed to leave the state.

Gutierrez will be back in court May 10 for a preliminary hearing.