UPDATE: Man pleads not guilty in wife's decades-old death

UPDATED Tuesday, August 19, 2014 --- 5:43 p.m.

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin Rapids man charged last week in the decades-old shooting death of his wife has pleaded not guilty.

A WSAW-TV report says 55-year-old Joseph Reinwand entered the plea Tuesday in Portage County.

Pamela Reinwand was 19 when she died from a gunshot wound to the head in 1984. The death was ruled a suicide, but family members, as well as inmates housed with Joseph Reinwand, have since told authorities they'd heard him confess.

Two inmates say he described shooting his wife and making it look like a suicide. A man who was dating Reinwand's daughter said Reinwand told him he'd killed his wife and could do the same to him as well.

A message left with Reinwand's public defender, Troy Nielsen, was not immediately returned.

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STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) -- Court documents say a Wisconsin Rapids man now accused of killing his wife decades ago was charged because he allegedly confessed to relatives and fellow inmates.

Joseph B. Reinwand is scheduled to make an initial appearance Tuesday. He was charged last week in the death of his 19-year-old wife, who died of a gunshot wound in 1984.

Pamela Reinwand's death was initially classified a suicide. But Portage County authorities reopened the case in 2008 while investigating another homicide in which Joseph Reinwand was charged.

The latest criminal complaint quotes Reinwand's cousin as telling investigators Reinwand confessed, saying "I had to do her in." Inmates housed with him also quoted him as saying he tried to make his wife's death look like a suicide.

A message left with Reinwand's public defender Monday was not immediately returned.

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UPDATED Friday, May 24, 2013 --- 2:26 p.m.

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities have charged a man in connection with a 2008 murder in Wisconsin Rapids.

WSAW-TV reports that Joseph Reinwand is charged with first-degree intentional homicide and arson of a building with intent to defraud in the death of Dale Meister.

Meister was found shot to death in his Wisconsin Rapids mobile home on March 4, 2008. Authorities had a suspect within a month, but didn't have evidence to prove it.

Wisconsin Rapids police did not say what led to Reinwand's arrest, but say they have been diligently investigating.

Online court records do not list an attorney for Reinwand. He is currently in custody in the Stanley Prison for burglary and weapons convictions.

His first court date is June 19.

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Posted Thursday --- March 6, 2008 -- 5:20pm

Investigators say death is a homicide

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (AP) -- The death of a Wisconsin Rapids man is now being investigated as a homicide.

Wisconsin Rapids Police Chief Kurt Heuer says an autopsy shows 35-year-old Dale Meister died of multiple gunshot wounds.

A friend found Meister in his mobile home near Thousand Oaks Park on the city's west side Tuesday afternoon.

The state Crime Lab and local detectives gathered evidence at the home. There are no suspects in custody.


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