Suspect, victim identified in Stoughton stabbing
STOUGHTON, Wis. — The Stoughton Police Department has identified the victim and the suspect involved in a homicide that happened at 1432 Felland Street Monday, officials said.
Kim M. Gaida, 46, died of multiple stab wounds. Police have arrested Ted Joseph Bruno, 49, on a tentative charge of first degree homicide, according to a release from the Stoughton Police Department.
The original call came in for a person with difficulty breathing at 6:11 p.m. Monday.
Stoughton EMS responded to the scene and found Bruno outside of the residence with a stab wound. Gaida was also found dead inside the home, according to a release from the Stoughton Police Department.
Bruno was taken to UW Hospital by Stoughton EMS with injuries from an alleged altercation, officials said.
The brother of Gaida, who police say died as a result of an argument with his roommate, says the suspect in the case is a longtime friend.
Gaida’s brother said Bruno has been a close friend since the 1980s. He said that Gaida had recently fallen on hard times after having suffered a heart attack, lost his job, had his home foreclosed and breaking up with his wife. He said he doesn’t know the reason for the violent altercation.
“He was a good guy trying to get his life back together,” Gaida’s brother said.
Police said Bruno, had moved in with Gaida within the last couple of months.
Walter Riddle lives across the street. Riddle told News 3 that police were frequently called to the house for disturbances.
“Mostly for disturbance of fights with the neighbors and his roommates. He had a violent situation with his roommates, just about every one of them,” Riddle said. “He never gave the neighbors so much trouble other than his music, but it seemed like his personal life was trouble.”
According to Riddle, Gaida had at least four different roommates move in and out of the house in the last year.
Property records show the victim owned the house.
Chief Greg Leck said officers had been called to the house 19 times this year for domestic and civil complaints, a majority relating to disputes between a husband and wife. Leck said they had no previous contact with Bruno before last night.