Zimmerman makes court appearance
By Hub City Times staff
MARSHFIELD – An Owen man remains in the Marathon County Jail in connection with a double homicide that occurred Jan. 20 in the city of Abbotsford.
Tyler Zimmerman, 26, made his initial appearance in Marathon County Circuit Court Jan. 22, charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, one count of attempted first-degree intentional homicide, and three counts of reckless endangerment. He remains jailed on a $1 million cash bond.
Zimmerman is accused of shooting his fiancé, 21-year-old Cierra Hardrath, and 25-year-old Duane Lopez, Jr., at a home in Abbotsford. Also shot was 18-year-old Megan Dupee, who called 911 to report the incident. Dupee was transported to the Marshfield Medical Center with non life-threatening gunshot wounds. Hardrath and Lopez were pronounced dead at the scene at 406 E. Maple St., Abbotsford.
Court documents indicate Zimmerman used an iPad app to locate Hardrath at that address, and suspected her of cheating on him. Lopez answered the door. Zimmerman asked to speak with Hardrath, and Lopez denied knowing her, but let Zimmerman enter the house after Zimmerman explained that Hardrath’s vehicle was parked outside.
Once inside the home, Zimmerman discovered Hardrath asleep alone in one of the bedrooms. After confronting Hardrath with suspicions that she was cheating on him, Zimmerman pulled out a 40-caliber handgun and shot Hardrath, according to the criminal complaint.
After shooting Hardrath, Zimmerman also shot and killed Lopez, then shot and injured Dupee, who was Lopez’s fiancée.
Police say Zimmerman and Hardrath had been living together in Owen, and that Lopez and Dupee were engaged to be married.
The shootings occurred at the home of Parker Knautz. Knautz and his five-year-old twin sons were home at the time the shootings took place, but they were not hurt.
Police arrested Zimmerman outside the home a short time later.
Zimmerman is a graduate of Owen-Withee High School, and is facing life in prison if he is convicted on just one of the charges. A preliminary hearing is set for Jan. 31.