Person of interest in Mazomanie homicide in court on unrelated charges

Police: 39-year-old faces drug possession, felony bail jumping charges on Rock Co.
Person of interest in Mazomanie homicide in court on unrelated charges
Phillip Byrd

The man Dane County investigators say is a person of interest in the murder of a Mazomanie woman was in Rock County court facing other charges.

Phillip Byrd appeared over video conference from the Rock County Jail Tuesday.

The 39-year-old faces charges for drug possession, as well as felony bail jumping.

Sheriff’s deputies continue to investigate the Feb. 23 murder of Cheryl Gilberg.

A criminal complaint said that a bottle of amphetamine prescribed to Gilberg was also found along with prescriptions belonging to Byrd when authorities searched a home in Janesville.

Investigators said Byrd has not been charged, and is one of many people they’ve spoken with.

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