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.