Man who included Whitmer on hit list, killed Wis. judge taken off life support

Todd Richmond
Associated Press

Madison, Wis. — A man accused of fatally shooting a retired Wisconsin judge and who had a target list that included prominent political figures including Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, died in a hospital, an official said Tuesday.

Douglas Uhde, 56, shot former Juneau County Circuit Judge John Roemer in Roemer’s home in New Lisbon on Friday before shooting himself, authorities said. He was taken to a hospital where he had been on life support.

Douglas K. Uhde

Wisconsin Department of Justice spokeswoman Gillian Drummond confirmed Uhde's death. The agency said in a news release that Uhde was declared brain-dead on Saturday morning and his body remained on life support until Tuesday morning to allow for organ donation.

Uhde had an extensive criminal and prison record dating back at least two decades, including a case when he was sentenced by Roemer to six years in prison on weapons charges. He was released from his last prison stint in April 2020.

Police found the 68-year-old Roemer zip-tied to a chair, an official told The Associated Press. The official could not discuss details of the investigation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Uhde had a list of potential targets in his vehicle that included Roemer, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Whitmer.


Associated Press reporter Mike Balsamo contributed to this report from Washington, D.C.