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Trial in 1990 homicide case ends with no verdict

Fond du Lac County Assistant District Attorney Dennis Kreuger reacts as word comes from the jury in Dennis Brantner's murder trial that they can not come up with a decision of guilty or not guilty, Wednesday June 29, 2016, Fond du Lac, Wis. Brantner is accused of killing Berit Beck in 1990. (Doug Raflik/The Reporter via AP)

Fond du Lac County Assistant District Attorney Dennis Kreuger reacts on Wednesday as word comes from the jury in Dennis Brantner’s murder trial that they can not come up with a decision of guilty or not guilty. Brantner was accused of killing Berit Beck in 1990. (Doug Raflik/The Reporter via AP)

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) — The murder trial of a man accused of killing an 18-year-old Wisconsin woman in 1990 has ended with no verdict.

Judge Gary Sharpe discharged the jury Wednesday after it was unable to reach a verdict.

Afterward, Fond du Lac County District Attorney Eric Toney said prosecutors are “keeping all of the options open right now” but would not elaborate.

Sixty-two-year-old Dennis Brantner was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Berit Beck. Beck was traveling from her home in Sturtevant to Appleton for a work seminar when she disappeared. Her van was found a few days later, and her body was later found in a ditch in Fond du Lac County.

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

Brantner will be sentenced July 10 on unrelated drug charges.

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