WI fathers rights case ends in murder
DOUG ERICKSON, PATRICIA SIMMS and MATTHEW DeFOUR608-252-6120
Once a week last summer on a pasture in southeastern Wisconsin, Ryan Dutter could be seen walking alongside a horse with his 12-year-old son Kyle, who sat atop the horse holding the reins. The father and son were regulars for more than two years at the Darien horse farm, where a nonprofit organization called SMILES offers therapeutic riding lessons for people with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities.
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Jean Firn, the director of instruction, remembers Dutter as a patient and supportive dad. “We saw no conflict,” said Firn, adding that news of the family’s tragedy has come as a great shock.
On Tuesday, an anonymous 911 caller directed Madison police to a sport-utility vehicle parked in front of Haen Family Park on the city’s Far West Side. Inside, police say they found Dutter and his son with gunshot wounds.
Kyle, who had a developmental disability, died that day. His father died Wednesday. Authorities say Dutter, 36, recently of Middleton, shot his son, then himself. Police have released no information about a possible motive — officers involved in the case are scheduled to meet this morning, said police spokesman Joel DeSpain. Officers were not able to interview Dutter before he died, he said.
The death of the father means there is no longer a potential criminal case, raising questions as to how much more information police will release to the public. Members of Dutter’s family have not responded to requests for comment. For now, only threads of a life that seemed to be becoming increasingly difficult are known
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