October 22, 2014

Person of interest arrested in Dane County homicide

A 39-year-old man is being held as a person of interest in the murder of a Dane County woman.

Sheriff’s deputies say Phillip Byrd was taken to the Rock County Jail in Janesville Wednesday on unrelated charges. Authorities say they want to know more about his possible connection to the shooting death of 43-year-old Cheryl Gilberg, who was found dead last Sunday night at her home in Mazomanie. A medical examiner said she was shot in the head, and her death was ruled a homicide.

Byrd appeared in Rock County Circuit Court Wednesday on two misdemeanor charges of possessing methamphetamines and controlled substances, plus felony and misdemeanor counts of bail jumping. A judge ordered a $2,500 cash bond in that case, and he’s back in court next Tuesday.

Police say the investigation into Gilberg’s death is still ongoing.

WCLO