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Illinois man found guilty in Wis. woman’s death

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - A Rockford man accused of killing a Wisconsin woman in 2012 has been found guilty of first-degree murder.

Prosecutors contended that 24-year-old Kody Walsh of Rockford shot to death 36-year-old Lori A. Daniels of Afton, Wis., while they were passengers in a vehicle near South Beloit.

Walsh also was accused of trying to kill the driver of the vehicle. The Winnebago County jury acquitted Walsh of attempted murder charges.

Walsh fled after the killing of Daniels and was captured a week later in Memphis, Tenn., after a high-speed chase by police.

The initial reason police tried to pull over Walsh’s car is because he was following another vehicle too closely and his license plate was obstructed.

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Gov. Walker: GOP right to remove Kramer as leader

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Monday he “definitely” thinks Republicans are correct in removing Rep. Bill Kramer as majority leader of the state Assembly amid allegations that he groped a woman after a Washington fundraiser last week and verbally abused another on the flight home.

Walker’s strong stance is another blow to Kramer as he faces losing his leadership position Tuesday and is under growing pressure to resign the seat he’s held since 2007.

“I definitely think the Assembly is right in asking him to step down from his position as a part of their leadership team,” Walker said when asked about the situation while in Green Bay.

Walker said he didn’t know any details of the case beyond what he’s seen in media reports.

“If it’s true, I don’t think there’s any place for someone in a position of public trust to be in office if they’ve done those things,” Walker said.

Kramer, who was elected to the second-most powerful position in the Assembly in September, hasn’t commented on the allegations, which surfaced Friday. On Saturday, his staff said Kramer had checked himself into a treatment facility for an unspecified reason.

On Tuesday, Republicans plan to vote on removing Kramer as majority leader and discuss privately whether to fill the position or leave it vacant for the remainder of the year, Assembly caucus chairwoman Rep. Joan Ballweg said.

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