- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

BERLIN, Wis. (AP) - Homicide charges will be filed against the estranged husband of a woman found fatally shot along with another man in Berlin, Green Lake County’s top prosecutor said Wednesday.

District Attorney Andrew Christenson said he plans to file two counts of first-degree intentional homicide against 33-year-old Nicholas Tuinstra on Thursday, when the suspect was expected to make his first court appearance.

Melissa Tuinstra and Justin Daniels, both 28, were found shot Saturday night in Berlin. She was found by a passer-by on the sidewalk outside her apartment building, according to police. Daniels, a man who police said Tuinstra was dating, was found shot inside the building.

Tuinstra and her husband had filed for divorce Sept. 25, according to court records.

Berlin Chief Dennis Plantz asked for the public’s help Wednesday in locating a weapon that police believe was used in the slayings, urging hunters to keep an eye out.

The slayings prompted an Amber Alert for the Tuinstras’ 8-year-old daughter, who was found unharmed with her father at her paternal grandparents’ home in Marquette County on Sunday, police said. Nicholas Tuinstra was questioned shortly after the shootings, but wasn’t arrested until about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

He was booked Tuesday night into the Green Lake County Jail on possible charges of first-degree intentional homicide.

Berlin Police Capt. Kevin Block urged those who may be victims of domestic abuse to come forward.

“If you know of domestic violence taking place, tell somebody so we can maybe stop it before it gets to this point,” he said at Wednesday’s news conference.

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