DA tells Gov Walker he has enough evidence to convict teen of murder

RHINELANDER (WAOW) - The Oneida County district attorney told Gov. Scott Walker that enough evidence exists to convict a 17-year-old rural Rhinelander girl of murdering her parents.

District Attorney Michael Schiek made the claim in 16 pages of documents submitted to Walker seeking the return of Ashlee Martinson to Wisconsin from Lebanon, Ind.

Martinson is charged in the March 7 killings of her mother and stepfatherat their rural Rhinelander home. Prosecutors say Martinson fatally shot Thomas Ayers, 37, and fatally stabbed Jennifer Ayers, 40, before she fled and was arrested March 8 in Indiana.

Martinson is fighting extradition to face five felony charges in Oneida County - two counts of first-degree intentional homicide and three counts of false imprisonment. An Indiana judge set a hearing on the matter April 8.

Schiek's request to the governor is part of the extradition process.

"I have carefully examined the facts and circumstances, and that in my opinion, I have within my reach and will be able to produce at trial the evidence necessary to secure the conviction of said defendant," Schiek told the governor in documents dated Monday.

The documents were released Thursday after the district attorney's office consulted on whether they were public records, a receptionist in Schiek's office said.

A criminal complaint lists no motive for the killings and the Oneida County Sheriff's Department has refused answer questions about it. 

Martinson is also accused of putting three sisters, ages 2, 8 and 9, into a a room at their home and tying the door shut so they could not get out.