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Reinwand will stand trial in 2008 murder of daughter's ex-boyfriend

A gavel sits in the Luke Air Force Base courtroom By U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Grace Lee [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
A gavel sits in the Luke Air Force Base courtroom By U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Grace Lee [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, WI (WTAQ) - A former Wisconsin Rapids man has been ordered to stand trial for the 2008 murder of his daughter’s ex-boyfriend.

54-year-old Joseph Reinwand is accused of shooting 35-year-old Dale Meister at the victim’s mobile home in Wisconsin Rapids.

A police detective testified that Meister had just obtained visitation rights for the baby he had with the defendant’s daughter. Reinwand’s attorney said the evidence was circumstantial, and he asked that the charges be dropped.

They were not, and a plea hearing will be scheduled once a special prosecutor decides whether revised charges should be filed.

Reinwand is currently charged with first-degree intentional homicide, arson, and two counts of bail jumping. Although the crime happened more than 5 years ago, the charges were not filed until May – after Reinwand reportedly admitted to a fellow inmate at the Stanley prison that he stalked Meister before choking and shooting him. 

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