DeForest man accused in sexual assault, murder plot against former female classmate pleads not guilty

MADISON, Wis. — The DeForest man accused of stalking a former classmate and plotting to kill her and her family is pleading not guilty to all of the charges filed against him.

Gabriel Savage, who turned 20 years old last week, made the not guilty plea during an arraignment Friday morning in Dane County court. He is facing six felony charges, including four counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide, one count of attempted first-degree sexual assault by use of a dangerous weapon, and one count of attempted first-degree sexual assault of a child under the age of 16.

Prosecutors allege Savage had a “manifesto” in which he detailed plans to rape and kill a former classmate of his, as well as the classmate’s younger sister, before taking his own life while lying next to the former classmate “like Romeo and Juliet.” The woman allegedly being targeted by Savage said she only had a handful of interactions with Savage over the years.

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The notebook containing the alleged plan was not discovered by investigators until after Savage’s family had saved up the money to pay for his $10,000 bond on his initial charges of stalking and attempted kidnapping after he was found in a parked car outside the woman’s home wearing all black. Law enforcement re-arrested Savage shortly after that bond was posted and prosecutors added the new charges against him.

Savage’s attorney has argued he shouldn’t face attempted homicide and sexual assault charges because prosecutors cannot prove the writings were a plan and not a piece of fictional writing. A judge disagreed with that argument and denied a motion to dismiss the charges on July 5, allowing the case to move forward.

On Friday, the prosecution filed a motion to dismiss the initial stalking and attempted kidnapping charges “because the conduct alleged (in that case) is the basis of the Complaint filed in (the new case).”

“This dismissal motion does not in any way impact (the new case) where the defendant is facing multiple attempted homicide and sexual assault charges,” the motion reads.

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As of Friday evening, the judge in the case has not signed the order and the charges have not yet been dismissed.

Savage is currently being held in the Dane County Jail on a $100,000 bond.