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UPDATE: Wis. Rapids Man Charged in 2008 Slaying Accused of Violating Bond

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UPDATE: Thurs 3:07 PM, Dec. 19, 2013

A Wisconsin Rapids man accused of murdering his granddaughter's father in 2008, is facing a new charge after he's accused of violating the terms of his bond.

In May, Joseph Reinwand was charged with death of Dale Meister. The case had gone cold, however new court documents say while incarcerated Reinwand told two inmates on separate occasions he killed Meister. Charges were subsequently filed.

As terms of his bond he was ordered to have no contact with any of the witnesses in the criminal complaint, including his sister Darlene Reinewand.

However, investigators say since June 19, Reinwand had received letters, phone calls and even personal visits from his sister.

Both Darlene and Joseph Reinwand were charged with bail jumping Wednesday in Wood County Court.

Joseph currently behind bars in the Columbia Correctional Institution. Darlene is free on a $5,000 signature bond.

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UPDATE: Thurs 1:48 PM, Sept 12, 2013

The suspect in 2008 murder investigation, once labeled a "cold case", has pleaded not guilty Thursday in Wood County Court.

Joseph Reinwand, 54, is charged with death of Dale Meister. Meister is the father of Reinwand's granddaughter.

In May, the Wisconsin Rapids Police Department said the charges were filed after Reinwand allegedly told two inmates on different occasions that he killed Dale Meister.

In court, Reinwand's attorney filed a motion for his client's bond to be modified. The motion is expected to be heard at a future court date.

Reinwand is currently in the Stanley Correctional prison serving an three-year sentence stemming from an unrelated burglary conviction.

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UPDATE: 6/19 at 3:25 p.m.

The case against the suspect in 2008 murder case has stalled as the court determines whether or not he'll qualify for public defender.

Joseph Reinwand, 54, is charged with death of Dale Meister. Meister is the father of Reinwand's granddaughter.

Reinwand's bond is a $500,000 signature bond. He is expected to be transported back to the Stanley Correctional prison to finish a three-year sentence stemming from a burglary conviction.

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UPDATE: 6/19 at 10:08 a.m.

The suspect in a 2008 murder that had once been labeled a cold case, is scheduled to be formally charged Wednesday in Wood County Court.

During a press conference in May, in the Wisconsin Rapids Police Department announced Joseph Reinwand would be charged with the murder of Dale Meister.

The new light was shed on the investigation after court documents say Reinwand told two inmates on different occasions that he killed Dale Meister.

Reinwand is the the grandfather of the Dale Meister's daughter.

Reinwand is in prison on an unrelated burglary conviction.

He is expected to be charged with 1st degree intentional, arson with the intent to defraud, and two counts of bail jumping.

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UPDATE: 5/24 at 3:34 p.m.

New details released Friday in the criminal complaint against Joseph Reinwand paint a clearer picture of why he is being charged with Dale Meister's 2008.

Court documents state that while in the Wood County Jail in 2008 Reinwand admitted to another inmate that he shot Dale Meister, with Reinwand saying "I took care of it. I'd rather be in here than have him on the street."

A similar event is documented three years later. While in prison, another inmate says Reinwand stalked Meister to pinpoint a time when he could catch him alone. According to the criminal complaint, Reinwand said he went to Dale Meister's home, choked him and then shot him. The inmate says Reinwand justified the killing by claiming that Meister had been assaulting kids in the neighborhood.

During a 14 month span from April 2012 to May 2013 a John Doe hearing was held in Wood County Court. As result of those hearings the court found probable cause to believe that Joseph Reinwand committed Dale Meister's murder.

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UPDATE: 5/24 at 11:27 a.m.

The Wisconsin Rapids Police Department says murder charges have now been filed against Joseph Reinwand in 2008 death of Dale Meister.

A press conference was held Friday morning in Wisconsin Rapids. Police didn't not specify what lead to the arrest, but say they have been investigating the case diligently and continued to conduct interviews.

On March 4, 2008, Meister was found shot to death in his Wisconsin Rapids mobile home. Within a month, the Wisconsin Rapids Police Department narrowed their search and begins to focus on one man.

All along police believed they knew who committed the murder, but never had the evidence to prove it.

Now, Joseph Reinwand, 53, is expected to be charged with 1st-Degree Intentional Homicide, Arson of Building w/ Intent to Defraud and two counts of bail jumping. His first court date has been set for June 19.

He continues to serve a five year sentence in the Stanley Prison for burglary and weapons convictions. His scheduled release date is February 2016.

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UPDATE: 5/24 at 9:58 a.m.

The Wisconsin Rapids Police Department is expected to release new information Friday morning regarding a cold case homicide investigation.

In a press release, no information was released about which case it may be.

NewsChannel 7 will be at the press conference at at 11:15 a.m. and will bring you the latest information as soon as it become available.


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