Trial set for July 2015 in Plover 1984 Murder Case

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email
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A five day trial has been scheduled to take place next summer for a 55-year-old Wisconsin Rapids man charged with the 1984 death of his wife.

Joseph Reinwand has already pleaded not guilty to a charged of 1st degree murder.

Pamela Reinwand, 19, died of single gunshot wound May 13, 1984 at the couple's Plover home. Her death was ruled a suicide, however, in 2009 Pamela Reinwand's body was exhumed following advancements in technology. Police were acting on a tip they received in 2008.

During an interview with police in 1984, a cousin of Pamela's told police she [Pamela] was excited about being a new mom and suspected the death was something other a suicide. Pamela's daughter was about six-months-old at the time of the death.

Another witness said after Pamela's funeral she was at the couple's home and saw Pam's bags packed and suspected Pamela intended to leave Joseph prior to her death.

Joesph Reinwand is also charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the 2008 death of Dale Meister. Meister was found shot to death in his Wisconsin Rapids mobile home on March 4, 2008.

Meister's death had been a cold case, however, Reinwand was charged with his death last May. Meister was the father of Reinwand's granddaughter.

He is currently in prison for burglary and weapons convictions.

A trial has been scheduled to begin July 10, 2015 in Portage County.


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