WISCONSIN RAPIDS - A
trial is underway for the 55-year-old accused in the 2008 shooting
death of a Wisconsin Rapids man who had been in a custody dispute
with the defendant's daughter.
Joseph Reinwand is
charged with first-degree intentional homicide and faces up to life
in prison if convicted in the death of Dale Meister, 35. Three of
Meister's friends found him dead on his couch on the afternoon of
Attorneys picked a
jury panel Friday from Waushara County, according to a news outlet.
The trial is expected to last two weeks.
Evidence in the
case led authorities to revisit the death of Reinwand's former wife,
Pamela, in 1984. She was 19 when she died of a gunshot wound, and
Reinwand told deputies she committed suicide.
examiner at the time concluded that suicide was a possibility but
said there wasn't enough evidence to distinguish between a suicide
and something else. Later, family members, as well as inmates housed
with Reinwand, told authorities they'd heard him confess, and
Reinwand was charged in August with first-degree murder. He's
pleaded not guilty, and the case is set for trial next July.
In the 2008 case,
Meister had previously told friends and family that he was afraid
Reinwand would try to kill him, according to court documents.
Meister and Reinwand's daughter had a child together and were in the
midst of a custody dispute.
intentional homicide charge was filed in May 2013.
After Reinwand was
charged, Wisconsin Rapids Police Detective-Lt. Julie Buerger
testified that several attributes of the gun used to kill Meister
were consistent with the gun owned by Reinwand.
Reinwand told a
fellow inmate that he stalked, choked and shot Meister, according
The trial is set to