Routt in court on double homicide charges

After being charged last week in the double homicide of Gina and Emerson Weingart, Thomas Routt Jr. was in court Feb. 20.

Routt voluntarily waved the right to a preliminary hearing through his attorney Russell Jones, and will have an arraignment hearing March 8 at 1:15 p.m. in room 3045 of the Walworth County Judicial Center.

A criminal complaint was filed in Walworth County Circuit Court last week, charging Routt with two counts of first degree intention homicide with use of a deadly weapon, one count of attempted first degree intentional homicide with a dangerous weapon, armed robbery and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Routt was given a $2 million cash bond, but refused to sign it. As a stipulation of the bond, he would not have been allowed to enter any bars, taverns or liquor stores, possess or use illegal drugs, possess firearms, ammunition of other weapons or try to contact any of the victims.

Routt allegedly admitted to law enforcement that he shot Gina Weingart when she tried to swat his weapon away as he was attempting to rob the Sports Page Barr Feb. 1.

He also allegedly told law enforcement that he shot at a witness fleeing the bar, and shot Emerson Weingart twice.

Routt allegedly took between $120 and $140 from the cash register, and then later dumped the gun and ammunition at the Handi-Mart in Lake Como.

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