"Nicholas Tuinstra was overheard on the phone threatening to kill someone less than three weeks before his estranged wife and her new boyfriend were fatally shot in the Town of Berlin on Saturday, according to a criminal complaint charging Tuinstra with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide.
The criminal complaint issued Thursday says that around the time his wife, Melissa Tuinstra, moved out of their house last month, a neighbor heard Nicholas Tuinstra say: 'If I find you, I'm going to (expletive) kill you.'
Another neighbor told police Nicholas Tuinstra, 33, was suicidal and had said his wife's new boyfriend, Justin M. Daniels, 'should do him a favor and kill him.'
The homicides occurred two days after Melissa and Nicholas Tuinstra filed for divorce. Both victims were 28 and died from multiple gunshots, all of which were fired from behind.
Melissa's body was found on the sidewalk outside her new apartment in the 200 block of Broadway St. Her boyfriend's body was found inside, lying in the doorway between the apartment and the hall.
A landlord told investigators the Tuinstras' 8-year-old daughter lived at the apartment, prompting law enforcement to issue an Amber Alert early Sunday. The girl was found unharmed and with her father in northeast Marquette County later that day.
The girl was with her paternal grandparents the night her mother was killed, police said.
Police initially questioned Nicholas Tuinstra on Sunday. At that time, he denied going to the apartment the previous evening.
'Tuinstra said he took some sleeping pills, fell asleep, and had a bad dream,' the complaint says. 'He said he was worried for Melissa and called her because he saw something bad, like a ruckus, happen to her in the dream.'
After making that statement, Tuinstra was released from police custody.
On Tuesday, he spoke with investigators again. This time, he told them he walked the eight blocks from his house to the apartment, entered the back door and walked up the back stairs.
He and Melissa were talking in the hallway when 'he heard something that he thought was a gun being cocked from inside the apartment, and Nicholas said he didn't know what Justin was capable of,' the complaint says.
While searching Nicholas Tuinstra's house, police found an empty box for a Beretta 9mm semiautomatic handgun. Shell casings from the same type of weapon were found at the homicide scene.
Nicholas Tuinstra told police he had gotten the gun for Melissa, who was afraid to be alone when Daniels worked late.
Police have not found the gun, the complaint says. Along with the empty box, two handguns and a rifle were found at Nicholas Tuinstra's home.
The charges against Tuinstra come just days after the advocacy group End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin issued its annual report detailing the 39 victims of fatal domestic violence in the state in 2013. That year, firearms were used in 51% of Wisconsin's domestic violence homicides."
Read the full article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
"Melissa Jane Tuinstra, age 28, of Berlin, died on Sunday, September 28, 2014.
She was born October 17, 1985 in Appleton. Melissa was a Nurse's Aide at Brown-Wilcox Retirement Home and was looking forward to starting a new life in nursing. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church.
She is survived by her husband, Nicholas Tuinstra; daughter, Ralene Tuinstra; mother, Ronda Langer; brother, David Royston; sister, Jessica Georgeson; grandmother, Raona O'Kon; uncle, Richard (Karrie) O'Kon; and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her 'Dad', Robert Georgeson...Online condolences may be sent to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org." Read more here.
Justin Michael Daniels, age 28, of Berlin, died tragically on Sunday, September 28, 2014.
He was born May 13, 1986 in Berlin. Justin was a construction worker and treasured spending time with his nieces and nephews. He loved fishing, swimming, camping and being outdoors. Justin was a very giving person who would do anything for his family without ever wanting to ask for anything back from them. He enjoyed making people smile.
He is survived by his mother and father, Terry (Dan) Gallego and Ronald Daniels; four brothers and sisters, Jamie Daniels, Tiffany (Mike) Birkrem, Trisha Daniels (Eli Wessel) and Joshua Daniels; uncle, Scott Schrock; and special friends, Dennis Clark and Josh Niles. Justin will be missed by loved ones Michael Thorson, Stacy Schrock and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by grandparents, Leonard and Saima Schrock and Kenneth Daniels.
Funeral services will be held Friday, October 3, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Barbola Funeral Chapel in Berlin, the Rev. Laura Hawkins officiating. Interment will be in Foster Road Cemetery. Friends and relatives may call on Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Barbola Funeral Chapel.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at email@example.com." Read more here.