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Joseph Reinwand pleads not guilty to murdering his wife 3 decades ago

STEVENS POINT, WI (WTAQ) - A man who's awaiting trial for a 2008 murder in Wisconsin Rapids pleaded not guilty Tuesday to killing his wife Pamela 30 years ago.

55-year-old Joseph Reinwand made his initial court appearance on a first-degree murder charge filed late last week in Portage County. Circuit Judge Thomas Pflugar set a $100,000 bond.

Reinwand won't be going anywhere, since he's in prison at Portage for previous convictions that include identity theft, burglary, forgery, and marijuana possession.

He's accused of killing his wife at their home in Plover, not along after she gave birth to a daughter.

Authorities first believed Pamela's death was a suicide. But after Reinwand allegedly killed Dale Meister in Wisconsin Rapids in '08, Pamela Reinwand's body was exhumed in 2009.

Prosecutors said Reinwand confessed to relatives and others that he killed his wife. Officials said new technology produced the evidence they needed to charge her husband with murder.

In the meantime, Reinwand faces a two week trial in mid-October in Wood County for the Meister killing.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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