Investigation continues

Investigators gather evidence at a home near Conrath where a couple was shot and killed.

Cash bond was set at $1 million, Thursday, for a Price County man arrested in the shooting deaths of a Conrath area couple. A no contact provision with immediate family through first cousins and co-defendants in the murders also was ordered. 

Adam Rosolowski, 21, who is from this area but has a last known address in Phillips, is being held in the Rusk County Jail following the double murder at a home on Market Road in the town of Marshall.

The victims have been identified as Robert D. Rosolowski, 73, and Bonnie M. Rosolowski, 70. A family member found the couple dead in the late afternoon of Sunday, June 7.

A neighbor reported hearing gunshots the night before, on Saturday, June 6.

Adam Rosolowski, the grandson of the victims, was arrested overnight in Price County, early on Sunday, June 7, in connection with the law enforcement chases. He was already in custody at the time the deaths were reported. 

Adam Rosolowski appeared for the June 11 Rusk County Circuit Court bond hearing held through video conferencing.

During the hearing Adam Rosolowski was called a flight risk with a history of missing previous court dates and failing to abide by past court-imposed conditions.

Rusk County District Attorney Annette Barna requested the $1 million bond, calling Adam Rosolowski “the mastermind” behind the murders and saying family members are “afraid for their lives.” 

“He definitely is the mastermind behind these cases,” Barna said.

Barna added members of the victims’ family who attended the hearing by phone want “no contact whatsoever with Adam at this time.”

“He is definitely a flight risk,” Barna said. “I am not aware he was working prior to this and hadn’t been for a long time. A lot of unanswered questions and the senselessness of this crime makes the protection of the public a priority as well.”

“The family is very afraid for their lives. They don’t understand why this had happened, and they don’t know if they would be a target as well,” Barna said.

Also arrested were Adam Rosolowski’s acquaintances allegedly with him during the Price County pursuits, Joseph W. Falk, 17, and an unidentified 16-year-old boy. 

“This is a double homicide case that was not reported until someone else had come upon the scene,” Barna said. “The two co-defendants along with Adam there is no indication they would have even known the victims if it weren’t for Adam, so Adam is the key player in this case.”

Public defender Ryan Raymond described his client as young, indigent and with ties to the area. He argued a probable cause statement filed with the court does not allege his client killed anybody and this case should currently be a party to a crime charge. He also argued bond should be set at a level only at an amount to ensure an appearance in court.

“His ties are to northern Wisconsin. He has no money, no resources with which to leave the state and nowhere to go. He can’t come up with $100 let alone $1 million,” Raymond said. “Just starting from the beginning that his bond be higher because he was related to the alleged victims I disagree with that presumption.”

It was stated during Adam Rosolowski’s bond hearing that $1 million is twice the amount of bond set for the other two suspects in the murders.

Barna argued again for the higher bond than the $500,000 set for the two other co-defendants. 

“The co-defendants would not know these victims if not for Adam. He recruited the two co-defendants. He definitely is the mastermind behind these cases,” Barna said.

Barna argued the bond has to be high enough to ensure Adam Rosolowski appears in court.

“These are charges that he will likely spend the rest of his life in prison for, and I doubt that at his age he understands the magnitude of this,” Barna said. “Therefore, when that sinks in there are other issues that come into play that may be a danger of him not appearing to face these charges, and the family has every right to have him face what he has done to the victims in this family.”

Rusk County Circuit Court Judge Steven Anderson called the $1 million cash bond “appropriate,” citing Adam Rosolowski’s missed court appearances during a 2018 court case. He added it unlikely the co-defendants would have known the victims without Adam Rosolowski’s involvement.

“The connection there gives rise, or some inference that [Adam] Rosolowski was the mastermind,” Anderson said. “At least [he was] the driving factor.”

Anderson added two counts of first degree intentional homicide is serious, and Adam Rosolowski, as an adult, is more capable of fleeing without the assistance of others as might be the other two co-defendants. He also noted family members have asked for no contact with Adam Rosolowski.

Family members attending the hearing declined to make a statement when asked by Anderson if they would like to comment for the record.

“A $1 million cash bond is what is appropriate,” Anderson said. “In order to assure he continues to make his [court] appearances that is what is necessary in this case. I understand that this is twice as much as his co-defendants, but again I am citing the fact that these being [Adam] Rosolowski’s family members makes him perhaps more the controlling factor in this crime, perhaps more culpable and thus giving him more incentive to run.”

Official charges have yet to be filed against any of the three individuals being held in the case.

Barna added during the hearing first degree intentional homicide of two victims would be the minimum charges.

The three defendants are scheduled to appear for a teleconference hearing at 11:30 a.m., Friday, June 19.

 

 

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