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Trial begins for man accused of killing wife in 1984

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) — The trial of a man accused of killing his wife in central Wisconsin in 1984 has opened.

Stevens Point Journal Media reports 56-year-old Joseph Reinwand’s trial began Monday. He’s serving life in prison for the 2008 shooting death of his daughter’s ex-boyfriend, Dale Meister of Wisconsin Rapids.

Reinwand is accused of shooting his 19-year-old wife, Pamela Reinwand, at their home in Plover in May 1984. His wife’s case was originally ruled a suicide and was reopened after police discovered new evidence while investigating Meister’s death.

Assistant Attorney General Robert Kaiser said during his opening statement Monday that evidence will show Pamela Reinwand’s death wasn’t a suicide. Defense attorney Jeffrey Jazgar told jurors that the “experts have not concluded this was a homicide.”

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