Blue Mounds homicide victim suffered from gunshot, 11 sharp object wounds, medical examiner says

MADISON, Wis. — A deputy medical examiner said in court Tuesday that Nicholas Day, the man killed while jogging last month, suffered from a gunshot wound and numerous wounds form a sharp object during the “extremely brutal homicide.”

Riley Berg, the 21-year-old man accused of killing Day, appeared in court Tuesday afternoon for a preliminary hearing.

During the hearing, the medical examiner said Day was jogging south when he was struck from behind by a bullet that went all the way through him. The doctor testified the gunshot, though it shattered his hip, could have been survivable had his assailant, allegedly Riley Berg, not approached him and cut his throat with a sharp object.

“So it was one wound that was actually likely comprised of three confluent stab wounds,” Deputy Medical Examiner Dr. Eli Goodman said. “It was quite deep and there was evidence on the wound margin, of at least three different strokes within that one wound.”

In all, the autopsy report revealed Day had sustained 11 wounds from a sharp object in addition to the gunshot wound.

A criminal complaint placed Berg’s car in surveillance video several times in the area around the time that Day was killed.

Court records suggest Berg’s father told investigators his son was being treated for schizophrenia.

The date for Berg’s arraignment has not been set.