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Suspect charged in 2002 murders of Sparta couple

Connie DeGeorge and Kale Kvistad II Connie DeGeorge and Kale Kvistad II
Larry Schaffer in Monroe Co. court in 2006 on unrelated charges Larry Schaffer in Monroe Co. court in 2006 on unrelated charges

SPARTA, Wisconsin (WXOW) - The man long considered by authorities as the chief suspect in the shooting deaths of a Sparta couple in 2002 is under arrest and charged with their murders.

Monroe County District Attorney Dan Cary announced Wednesday that 42-year-old Larry A. Schaffer was arrested and is in the Monroe County Jail.  He is set to appear for a bail hearing on Friday on two counts of First Degree Intentional Homicide and two counts of hiding a corpse. Life in prison is possible if convicted.

The case goes back to March 31, 2002, when the couple, Connie DeGeorge and Kale Kvistad II, disappeared from their Sparta home.  Their remains were finally discovered by hunters in December 2004 in a remote wooded area of Monroe County.  Autopsies done on both showed that they were shot to death.

The criminal complaint against Schaffer alleges that he and another man, Troy Hogan, went to the couple's home to rob them of drugs and money.  During the robbery, the couple was fatally shot and their bodies hidden in the woods. 

Interviews done since 2002 detail how Schaffer often talked of the murders.  A woman acquaintance of Schaffer says that once when he got mad at her he told her that "he would kill her like he did that couple in Sparta."

Several of those interviewed by investigators said they were afraid to speak for fear that Schaffer or his family would harm or kill them.

There are more details in the criminal complaint, which you can read by following the link on the left of this page.


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