Trial dates set for DeForest man accused of planning homicide, sexual assault of former classmate

MADISON, Wis. — Trial dates have now been set for the DeForest man accused of stalking and planning to kill a former high school classmate, according to court records.

Gabriel Savage, 20, faces four counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide, one count of attempted first-degree sexual assault using a dangerous weapon, and one count of attempted first-degree sexual assault of a child under the age of 16.

Online court records indicate jury selection for Savage’s trial has been scheduled for January 23, 2023, with his jury trial scheduled for the following four days, January 24-27.

Savage has pled not guilty to all charges, while prosecutors allege he wrote a “manifesto” in which he detailed plans to rape and kill a former classmate of his, as well as her younger sister, before taking his own life while lying next to the former classmate, “like Romeo and Juliet.”

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The notebook containing those writings was not discovered by investigators until after Savage’s family had saved up the money to post his original bond of $10,000 on initial charges of stalking and attempted kidnapping, prompting prosecutors to add new charges and leading to Savage being arrested almost immediately after he was released on bond.

Savage’s attorney has argued he shouldn’t face attempted homicide and sexual assault charges for what he wrote in a journal, saying prosecutors can’t prove it was an actual plan and not a piece of fictional writing.

Savage was originally arrested outside the former classmate’s home on the night of March 20 after police were called to investigate a report of a suspicious car parked facing the wrong way on the street with its lights off. Savage was found inside the car wearing all black and carrying handcuffs and ammunition, according to police. A Ruger AR556 semi-automatic rifle was found in the passenger seat of the car.

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Last week, Dane Co. judge Josann Reynolds rejected a request from Savage’s attorney to lower his bond. He is currently still being held in the Dane County Jail on a $100,000 cash bond.