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Murder charges sought against Janesville man in death of ex-girlfriend

JANESVILLE, WI (WTAQ) - A Janesville man is expected to appear in court Thursday in connection with the shooting death of an ex-girlfriend in Mazomanie, northwest of Madison.  

39-year-old Phillip Byrd was charged in late February with four drug-related and bail jumping offenses in Rock County. That was when he was called a person of interest in the February 23rd shooting death of 43-year-old Cheryl Gilberg at her home.

Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney said he expects new charges to be filed Thursday in Madison. His office is recommending a count of first-degree intentional homicide, with added penalties for domestic abuse and the type of weapon used.

Deputies found Gilberg shot in the head. Reports said Byrd was a former boyfriend of the victim -- and he was suspected of not paying child support.

Mahoney has not said what led to Gilberg's murder, except that it involved domestic abuse. He said officers are still looking for a pink .38-caliber revolver that's believed to be the murder weapon.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)