Ex-girlfriend charged with homicide in deadly Montello fire

  • Source: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau
  • Published: 04/30/2019 06:46 AM

A woman accused in a fire that killed a man in Marquette County has been charged with three felonies. Court records said 42-year-old Frances Rittmann has been charged with first degree intentional homicide in the death of 43-year-old Daniel Gilmartin. Gilmartin died in a house fire on April 20. Rittmann has also been charged with two counts of arson. One for a fire a fire on April 20. The other for a fire set sometime earlier in April. Criminal complaint states that a detective spoke with a friend of Gilmartin on April 20. He received two phone calls from Gilmartin. During these calls, Gilmartin told him that his ex-girlfriend, Frances Rittman, has been at his home and had attempted to start a couch on fire in his garage. He could tell Gilmartin was worried about Rittman. Gilmartin asked his friend to check up on him later. The complaint said a 911 call was made just before 2:15 p.m. on April 20 reporting that there was a fire on Cass Street in Montello. When crews arrived on scene, they found a home fully engulfed in flames.


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