Felon admits newleywed bar murders only netted him less than $150

By Jen Krausz on
 February 20, 2024

Convicted felon Thomas Routt Jr. reportedly told police that he only got $120 to $140 from the cash register of a bar he robbed, where he also killed a newlywed couple who worked there and shot at eyewitnesses as they fled.

Routt was charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide for the Feb. 1 killings of Gina Weingart, 37, and her husband, Emerson Weingart, 33, Elkhorn, Wisconsin police said Friday.

Routt played a video game inside the Sports Page Bar for around 30 minutes, a witness said, before pulling a gun on Gina, who was the bartender.

"The eyewitness said Routt brandished a handgun and pointed it at Gina, the bartender, and ordered them not to move,” police said. “The eyewitness said they instinctively got up off their barstool and Routt pointed the gun at the eyewitness and ordered the eyewitness not to move.”

Then Routt opened fire, and Gina and Emerson were shot. The witnesses ran, and Routt chased them while still firing his weapon.

Routt was on parole for other crimes and had a rap sheet dating back to 1995. His lawyer says he will plead not guilty to the charges against him.