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Police: O'Kroley confesses, cites firing as homicide motive

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Court records show authorities say Christopher O'Kroley confessed to the killing of a former grocery store co-worker, after her harassment complaint led to first his suspension, and then firing.

A criminal complaint states a relationship had existed between O'Kroley and victim Caroline Nosal, but Nosal cut it off, and later lodged the workplace complaint.

Authorities say O'Kroley shot the 24-year old Nosal three times Tuesday in the parking lot of Metro Market on the city's east side, after duping co-workers into sharing her work schedule, claiming he wanted to avoid her as he removed personal property from his former workplace.

"O'Kroley...told Detective (Greg) Esser that it was easy to kill Caroline," the complaint states.  "He later added he killed her out of anger  because she had 'ruined my life.' "

O'Kroley made his initial court appearance in Dane County Friday afternoon, on a first degree intentional homicide charge in connection with Nosal's death, and a felony endangerment charge stemming from what authorities say were his gun shots at Madison Police Officer Michele Walker, before O'Kroley was captured Wednesday near East Towne Mall.

The complaint also states O'Kroley told a detective he purchased a gun after being fired, and began planning the killing following his work suspension.

The criminal complaint states O'Kroley had originally planned to kill himself as well, but opted for an escape plan instead,  to include possibly hijacking a car at gunpoint.  The complaint says O'Kroley described himself as a "sociopath."

A court commissioner Friday set O'Kroley's bail at $1 million.  O'Kroley appeared in court in a wheel chair, shackles and a suicide smock.

The complaint states squad car video shows O'Kroley and what appears to be smoke from his gun shots during his confrontation with the officer.  No one was hurt.

Assistant Dane County District Attorney Andrea Raymond declined comment after Friday's court hearing.

O'Kroley is scheduled to return to court Feb. 15.

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