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Jury Picked In Jealous Ex-Boyfriend Murder Case – Opening Statements Tuesday

Defense Attorney John Birdsall, Defendant Zachariah Anderson and Defense Attorney Nicole Muller
(Photo by Nathan DeBruin for Kenosha County Eye)

A jury has been seated in the murder trial of Zachariah Anderson. Anderson is accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend, Rosalio Gutierrez, Jr. According to the criminal complaint:

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On May 19, 2020 at 11:07 am, Kenosha police were summoned to Gutierrez’s Wood Creek apartment by his girlfriend. He had not been seen or heard from since two days prior. She looked into the apartment and saw a missing rug and large amounts of blood. Detectives and evidence technicians arrived to process the crime scene. Police theorized that there was a struggle and someone was severely injured during a struggle. A large pool of blood was discovered on the floor, consistent with someone who lost a lot of blood over a period of time.

Gutierrez’s girlfriend told police about her ex boyfriend, and the father to her three children, Zachariah Anderson. Anderson was obsessed with Gutierrez and called him racial slurs. He had a file on his laptop and a map with Gutierrez’s address circled. There was evidence discovered that Anderson was stalking his ex-girlfriend with a GPS device he had purchased.

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Police searched Anderson’s vehicle and found blood that came back with Gutierrez’s DNA. They also found visible bleach spots and missing rear seats, consistent with a cover-up.

Police went to Anderson’s Mequon, WI home and found a burn pit with a burnt bleach bottle, steel toe boots, and clothing. A cadaver dog alerted to the clothing.

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A second burn pit was located on the Anderson family tree farm and a cadaver dog alerted to another area. More clothing was found burnt.

Anderson was on camera at a department store buying suspicious items like rubber gloves and garbage bags. He parked far away from the store.

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In addition to first degree murder, Anderson is also being charged with two counts of stalking and one count of hiding a corpse.

Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley Addressing The Potential Jurors Monday Morning
(Photo by Nathan DeBruin for Kenosha County Eye)

For the State of Wisconsin, Kenosha County DA Mike Gravley is prosecuting this case. Although a controversial figure in Kenosha, no defense attorneys argue that he is anything but a highly successful trial prosecutor. He is being assisted by seasoned Assistant District Attorney Jessica Krejcarek. The amount of evidence in this case will make it an uphill battle for the defense team.

Defense Attorney Kirk Bowden Obear Addressing The Potential Jurors Monday Morning
(Photo by Nathan DeBruin for Kenosha County Eye)

Appearing today for the defense were Attorneys John Birdsall, Kirk Obear, and Nicole Muller. Muller, however appears to be taking the lead after today. The three attorneys are very experienced and all work at Birdsall Obear & Associates in Milwaukee.

Kenosha County Circuit Court Judge Bruce E. Schroeder
(Photo by Nathan DeBruin for Kenosha County Eye)

Presiding over the murder trial that is expected to take about two weeks, is America’s Judge, Bruce Schroeder. Of course, he played Jeopardy with the almost 100 potential jurors.

Kenosha Police Officer Jeffrey Van Wie, Criminalist
(Photo by Nathan DeBruin for Kenosha County Eye)

Kenosha Police Officer Jeffrey Van Wie, the department’s new criminalist took the stand today becuase of a defense motion to rule that he is not an expert on blood spatter. Graveley and Muller questioned the officer at length and Judge Schroeder will rule in the morning whether or not he meets the criteria to be called an expert.

Zachariah Anderson Leaving Court Today
(Photo by Nathan DeBruin for Kenosha County Eye)

Jurors are due back Tuesday morning at 9 am.

In the Kenosha County Courthouse today, there are two homicide trials, a sexaual assault trial, and a robbery/burglary/substantial battery trial. There is also a TPR (Termination of Parental Rights) court trial, which might be a record for Kenosha County.


  • Kevin Mathewson

    Kevin Mathewson is a disciple of Christ, husband and a father to two wonderful children. Mathewson was born and raised in Lake County, IL and worked as a police & fire dispatcher from 2005 to 2010 in Round Lake Beach, IL. Mathewson moved to Kenosha County in 2006, later being elected to the position of Alderman of the 8th District in 2012 and 2016. Mathewson is a private investigator, security contractor, journalist, and photographer. He enjoys spending time with his family, watching movies, camping and boating. His favorite amendment is the second, followed closely by the first. He loves his country and community.


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18 Responses

      1. Oh please!!! This guy’s smug look in the picture just confirms what we already know…GUILTY!!! I hope this scum is sent away for the rest of his life, as he thought he would get away with it!!

  1. Manbun has a puncheable face.
    The girlfriend in question is way out of this dork’s league.
    The only way Manbun pulled her was daddy’s money.

  2. Update:
    Apparently the girlfriend has gained some weight; no doubt due to Manbun having stalked her and having murdered her boyfriend.
    Photos from the time confirm Girlfriend was way out of Manbun’s league.

  3. Zach should’ve stayed in California working wire runs as a internet tech. Shady incarceration tactic by the state… Again!!!! Do you have a body? Do you have a murder weapon? Do you have any eye witnesses? None of the above so let the man walk.

    1. You don’t need a body or a weapon. You need the Jury to have no reasonable doubt. That’s all and it’s enough.

    2. You don’t need a body or murder weapon to successfully convict a murderer. A large pool of blood at the victim’s apt and threats by Anderson to kill him, and his address on a GPS of Anderson’s is a good start.

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