Jury deliberations begin in Wisconsin cold case killing

June 28, 2016

FOND DU LAC  Jury deliberations have begun in the trial of a man accused of killing an 18-year-old Wisconsin woman in 1990.

Sixty-two-year-old Dennis Brantner is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Berit Beck. The Fond du Lac Reporter (http://fondul.ac/28ZHcvT ) says the jury got the case Monday afternoon and will reconvene Tuesday.

Beck was traveling from her home in Sturtevant to Appleton for a work-related seminar when she disappeared. Her van was found a few days later in a Fond du Lac parking lot, but her body wasn't found until more than a month later in a ditch.

Authorities who re-examined the cold case say they matched fingerprints on evidence recovered from Beck's van to Brantner.

Defense attorney Craig Powell argued Brantner's fingerprints being found in Beck's van "doesn't prove he murdered her."


Associated Press