Man on Trial in 2008 Wood County 'Cold Case'

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The trial for the suspect in 2008 murder investigation, once labeled a "cold case", began Monday morning in Wood County with the prosecution and defense completing opening statements.

Joseph Reinwand, 55, is charged first degree intentional homicide in the death of Dale Meister. Meister was the father of Reinwand's granddaughter. He was found shot to death in his Wisconsin Rapids mobile home on March 4, 2008.

In May 2013, the Wisconsin Rapids Police Department said the charges were filed after Reinwand allegedly told two inmates on different occasions that he killed Dale Meister.

Special Prosecutor Vincent Biskupic told the jury, “You will learn that Joseph Reinwand had another side not rational or reasonable in any way.” Biskupic said Meister told those who knew, “If I end up dead, look at Joe Reinwand.”

But Joseph Reinwand's defense attorneys say investigators tried to trick Joseph Reinwand. And called the investigation “incompetent”.

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

The trial is expected to last 10 days.

Reinwand is also charged with the 1985 murder of his wife. A five day trial is scheduled to begin in July in Portage County.

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