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Judge denies appeal in 1992 vat death

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — A judge has rejected a new trial for one of the five men still incarcerated for killing a Wisconsin paper mill co-worker in 1992.

Retired Judge James Bayorgeon on Wednesday denied Keith Kutska’s bid for a new trial.

Kutska’s attorneys argued that the theory that the victim, Tom Monfils, killed himself was not properly argued at the original trial.

But WLUK-TV reports Bayorgeon, who presided over the trial, concluded there were no grounds for a retrial.

Kutska was one of six men convicted of killing Monfils, whose body was found in a paper vat at the former James River paper mill in Green Bay. The conviction of one of the six, Michael Piaskowski, was overturned by a federal court and he was released.

An attorney for Kutska declined comment.

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