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Beaver Dam woman acquitted in 2001 death of ex-boyfriend

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PORTAGE, Wis. (AP) -- A Beaver Dam woman has been acquitted of a first-degree intentional homicide charge stemming from the 2001 cocaine overdose death of her ex-boyfriend.

The Portage Daily Register reports that a jury deliberated for four hours before finding Leah Jean Waldhart not guilty Friday night in the death of Curtis Wylesky. The 42-year-old Beaver Dam man was found dead by the side of a road near Fall River in 2001.

The investigation into Wylesky's death was reopened in October 2012 amid new information after a woman reportedly heard Waldhart confess to killing Wylesky. Investigators say more than one bag of cocaine was found in his stomach and that he had been forced to eat it.

Waldhart burst into tears and hugged her defense team after the verdict was read.

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