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Former murder suspect facing omnibus in porn charges

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By Sarah Smith

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ssmith@parkrapidsenterprise.com

A contested omnibus hearing has been set for a former Hubbard County murder suspect now charged with possessing child pornography.

Murder charges were dismissed against Fredrick William Bachman in November.

But investigators combing through mounds of burned evidence discovered child pornography on Bachman’s computer.

Bachman was living on a Beauty Lake home the owner, James Schwartzbauer, 57, was converting to a religious retreat.

Last summer, Schwartzbauer’s body was found in the burned out wreckage of that home on Lake Hattie Township. Bachman, who was at the scene of the fire, was charged in the homicide when he was “acting suspiciously.”

But little physical evidence put him at the scene and Schwartzbauer’s cause of death was officially found to be undetermined by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Bachman is not in custody. He bonded out of the Hubbard County jail after prosecutors dismissed the murder charges, letting the pornography charges stand.

Bachman is believed to be living with his family somewhere in the metro area. He appeared neatly dressed in a shirt and tie Monday at his hearing in Hubbard County with his Twin Cities attorney.

He had lived at the Schwartzbauer home on and off for about five years. The omnibus hearing is set for April 11.

Bachman’s attorney, Tracy Eichhorn-Hicks, said he will question the search warrants used to obtain the computerized data.

Bachman faces seven felony counts of possession of child pornography.

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Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers Hubbard County, courts and breaking news.

(218) 732-3364
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