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Joseph Reinwand charged with killing wife 30 years ago

STEVENS POINT, WI (WTAQ) - A man who's facing a homicide trial this fall in central Wisconsin is now charged in the shooting death of his wife 30 years ago.

55-year-old Joseph Reinwand of Wisconsin Rapids is due in Portage County Circuit Court Tuesday afternoon. That's after a new charge was filed late last week for the shooting death of Pamela Reinwand in May of 1984 in Plover.

The charge is first-degree murder, which was in place when Pamela's death occurred.

Joseph Reinwand was charged a year ago in the 2008 shooting of 35-year-old Dale Meister of Wisconsin Rapids. A two week trial in that case is set to begin October 17th with jury selection.

Until now, Reinwand was never charged in his wife's killing. Sheriff John Charewicz reopened the probe soon after the Meister death, when new information cropped up.

At the time of Pamela's death, Reinwand told officers his wife died from a suicide. Charewicz said his investigators didn't believe that, but they could not prove otherwise until the new evidence emerged.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)