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Jury for Kuenzi murder trial picked from outside Waupaca County

by Cami Mountain

WAUPACA (WAOW) -- Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today Rory A. Kuenzi of Weyauwega, Wisconsin will be tried on homicide charges by a jury from outside of Waupaca County.

Judge Phillip M. Kirk made the ruling August 18, 2010, in Waupaca County Circuit Court while addressing motions filed by attorneys from the Wisconsin Department of Justice and the defense.

Last December Rory A. Kuenzi was bound over for trial on homicide charges after a preliminary hearing before the Honorable Philip M. Kirk.  The criminal complaint charged Kuenzi with Hit and Run Resulting in Death and Homicide by Intoxicated Use of a Motor Vehicle in the October 23, 2004, death of Kevin McCoy, whose body was found just north of State Highway 54, in the town of Farmington, Waupaca County, Wisconsin.

Walter Engel who was charged with perjury for allegedly making false statements while under oath was also bound over for trial at the December 2009 joint preliminary hearing.  Judge Kirk also ruled yesterday that Walter Engel will have a separate trial from Kuenzi.

At the preliminary hearing, a witness testified that he observed Kuenzi who was intoxicated leave an under age drinking party driving his S‑10 truck south bound on Butts Road. The witness testified he heard a thump, saw a shoe come up from Kuenzi's truck and that Kuenzi then stopped and got out of his truck. The witness testified Kuenzi, with the assistance of the witness, carried McCoy's body off the road.  Kuenzi then left that location without leaving any information concerning his identity, address, or registration number of his vehicle. Kuenzi did not render any assistance to McCoy.  Witnesses at the party indicate Kuenzi was intoxicated when he left the party.

Kuenzi's trial will commence November 15, 2010 when a jury will be selected.  No date has been set for the trial on Walter Engel.

Online Reporter:  Cami Mountain

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