SPARTA, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Larry Schaffer stands charged with the 2002 murders of Kale Kvistad and Connie DeGeorge. During a bond hearing Thursday afternoon, a Monroe County judge determined Schaffer will remain behind bars pending further legal proceedings.
Judge Mark Goodman said, "I'm going to grant the state's request for a two million dollar cash bond."
The Monroe County district attorney said he asked for such a significant cash bond based on Schaffer's criminal record--a lengthy rap sheet dating back to the 1980s.
"Including false imprisonment, burglary and substantial battery," said Monroe County D.A. Dan Cary. "He's been imprisoned a couple of times in Wisconsin and then he traveled to the state of Texas at some point around 2006 and engaged in activity there that I'm told involved at least an attempted burning of a girlfriend he had."
Despite Schaffer's past the defense argued for a lesser cash bond saying the 42-year-old has never missed a court appearance, and the evidence against him comes mostly from the testimony of Schaffer's acquaintances.
Judge Goodman said, "On the other hand, circumstantial evidence can often be [stronger] than direct evidence."
"Mr. Schaffer made statements to other people over the years at different times and in different places implicating himself in the commission of these crimes," said Cary.
The D.A. said gathering this evidence in cooperation with the FBI is in part why it's taken almost nine years to charge Schaffer with the double homicide. Regardless, given the history of this case, he said the legal system could help give the victims' families some peace of mind.
Schaffer is now set to make an initial appearance on February 28th at 9:00 a.m. Cary said it's important to remember Schaffer is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.