April 7th, 2020: Michael L. Stone, 23, and William R. Stone, 19 – Stratford
Brandon D. Noll, 22, of Stratford, remains at the Marathon County Jail on suspicion of first-degree intentional homicide. Police say he killed Michael L. Stone, 23, and William R. Stone, 19, both of Stratford. A Marathon County judge determined Wednesday there was enough evidence to keep Noll in jail and set a $5 million cash bond.
Noll’s next court hearing is scheduled for April 17.
Marathon County sheriff’s deputies, Wisconsin State Patrol and Stratford police responded Tuesday to a report of a stabbing near County P in the town of Cleveland, according to the sheriff’s office. They arrested Noll after they say he led them on a high-speed chase that ended in Marshfield.
After his arrest, Noll told authorities he had been planning the attack since April 2 or 3, according to court documents. He said he wanted to kill someone his whole life and Tuesday felt like the day he would do it. Noll said he planned to kill the victims quickly so he could “fool around” for about six hours, according to court documents.
Noll told detectives he wanted to see how it felt to kill someone and asked if the victims died, according to the documents. When the detectives told him one of them had, Noll said he did not feel any different.
Noll and the Stone brothers lived in the same house, the documents state. Noll told police he thought about using his father’s gun to kill the brothers but decided to stab them “because it’s quiet,” according to the documents.
Noll told police he hid behind a partition in the basement of the home where one of the victims was playing video games, according to the documents. Noll inadvertently made a noise, and when the victim got to where Noll was hiding, Noll stabbed him in the chest. After hearing the attack, the second victim came to help and Noll stabbed him, too.
The second victim tried to run up the stairs and out of the home, while the first victim tried to use a phone, which Noll took, according to the documents.
Noll’s brother found the victims in the home and called 911, according to the documents. Michael Stone was pronounced dead at the scene. William Stone was taken to Marshfield Medical Center, where he died Tuesday evening.