Sheriff: Berg may have tried to destroy evidence of Blue Mounds homicide

A Dane County Sheriff's detective says the man charged in the January killing of Nicholas Day in rural Blue Mounds may have tried to destroy evidence before his arrest.

Riley Berg, 21, of Mount Horeb, is charged with first degree intentional homicide, faces trial and is jailed with bail set at $1 million.

The 26-year old Day was out for a run in rural Blue Mounds Jan. 15 when authorities say he was shot in the back and his throat was slit.

A complaint for a search warrant filed in Dane County Court states days after Berg was interrogated about Day's death last month, one of the Berg family's neighbors told Sheriff's personnel she had seen Berg at a burn pit in the family's backyard. "She saw him pour what was believed to be gasoline on the pre-exisiting fire," the complaint states. The complaint says the neighbor had only seen Berg use kindling and paper to start past fires, and those fires were normally in the fall.

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