2 Iowa County men charged in 2021 murder of Dodgeville woman

DODGEVILLE, Wis. — Two Iowa County men have been charged with a Dodgeville woman’s death dating back to the summer of 2021.

Aric Way, 51, and Philip Schmidt-Way, 28, are both charged with one count of first-degree intentional homicide as a party to a crime for allegedly killing a Dodgeville woman in July 2021.

State officials said the victim was Way’s mother and Schmidt-Way’s grandmother. According to the Wisconsin Department of Justice, the woman had recently agreed to sell her family farm, which Schmidt-Way was set to inherit upon her death.

DOJ officials said the woman was found dead in her home in mid-July of 2021. An autopsy later determined carbon monoxide poisoning was a contributing factor in her death.

Authorities said they found no obvious sources for the elevated levels of the gas within the woman’s home; they later determined that prior to the woman’s death, Way bought products that are known to create carbon monoxide when mixed together. Schmidt-Way’s vehicle was also caught on camera at the woman’s home on the night of her death.

“This was a challenging case to work and took a really concentrated effort from all of the agencies involved to move it forward,” said Iowa County Sheriff Steve Michek. “My sincerest thanks to everyone who has worked on this case.”

The Iowa County Sheriff’s Office received help with the investigation from the DOJ’s Division of Criminal Investigation and other local law enforcement groups.