JUNEAU, WI (WTAQ) - A Dodge County Board member is free on a signature bond, after he was charged Friday with two misdemeanor counts in the beating of his wife.
The attorney for 83-year-old Donald Gunderson entered not guilty pleas to battery and disorderly conduct. A mental exam was ordered to determine if Gunderson is competent to help with his defense.
He was arrested Thursday night at his home, after the victim's son called authorities. The woman told officers that her husband was, "out of control" -- and she was afraid he would kill her.
According to investigators, Gunderson told his wife to come to bed -- and when she didn't, he told her to "quit belly-aching" and he struck her, apparently in the head and shoulder.
The board member's wife was said to be in the early stages of Alzheimer's. His daughter reportedly told officers that he had his own "dementia incident" last July.
Gunderson said he didn't need to make a statement to officers about the alleged assault, and he reportedly said he, "knew the sheriff."
A prosecutor from neighboring Washington County is handling the case to avoid any conflict of interest.
Gunderson represents the Lomira area on the Dodge County Board. He decided not to run for re-election in April, and he's stepping down after 40 years as a county supervisor.
(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)