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NEW INFO: Emerson Sentencing Pushed Back to April 6th

Updated: 02/12/2009 - The sentencing for James Emerson, the man convicted of killing Rhonda Mertes in Wausau in 1999, is scheduled for April 6th. He was convicted this week of first degree intentional homicide.

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Defendant in Disbelief, Victim's Family Exuberant Over Emerson Guilty Verdict

Updated: 02/10/2009 - James Emerson, who showed no emotion throughout the trial, slumped in his chair and breathed a deep sigh of disbelief after he was found guilty of the 1999 murder of Rhonda Mertes. Her family says they're exuberant with the verdict that finally brings them some closure.

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James Emerson Found Guilty of Murder

Updated: 02/11/2009 - James Emerson has been found guilty with the murder of Rhonda Mertes in 1999. She was found brutally beaten and strangled to death in an industrial area of Wausau almost a decade ago. Emerson is expected to be sentenced in April. He faces life in prison.

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Witnesses take the Stand in Emerson Trial

Posted: 02/02/2009 - Testimony in the James Emerson murder trial continues Monday as 8 witnesses are scheduled to take the stand in Marathon County Court in hopes of piecing together the chain of events that led up to the death of Rhonda Mertes nearly a decade ago.

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NEW INFO: Emerson Opening Statements Set for 1pm

Posted: 01/30/2009 - After a quick motions hearing Friday morning, opening statements in the murder trial for James Emerson are expected at 1pm Friday. He's accused of the 1999 murder of Rhonda Mertes in Wausau.

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NEW INFO: Emerson Trial Gets Underway

Updated: 01/29/2009 - After countless delays, the trial for James Emerson is underway. He's accused of the 1999 murder of Rhonda Mertes in Wausau. The Iowa County clerk of court says jury selection began Wednesday morning as scheduled.

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Emerson Trial Delayed After Problem with Juror Hot-line

Updated: 01/26/2009 - The Clerk of Courts say a problem with the Marathon County jury hot-line caused only 19-potential jurors to show up for jury selection in the James Emerson trial Monday morning. It's now been pushed back to Wednesday. Opening statements are now expected Friday instead of Wednesday.

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Emerson May Get New Attorney

Updated: 01/23/2009 - The man charged with the 1999 death of Rhonda Mertes is supposed to go to trial next week, but Friday morning, James Emerson’s attorney asked to be removed from the case.

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NEW INFO: James Emerson Trial Moved to January

Updated: 07/18/2008 - The district attorney says the defense needs more time to prepare. So the trial of the man accused of killing Rhonda Mertes has been moved from September to January.

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1999 Wausau Murder Suspect Now Charged in Jail Fight

Updated: 05/22/2008 - The man suspected in the 1999 murder of a Wausau woman is facing additional charges Wednesday. James Emerson is now charged with battery by a prisoner - a felony - stemming from a jail fight authorities say he got into with another inmate in April.

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