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Family, friends, experts testify in Joseph Reinwand murder trial


Testimony continued for the trial of a man accused of killing his wife in 1984. 56-year-old Joseph Reinwand is charged with homicide in the death of his 19-year-old wife Pamela.

In May, 1984 Pamela Reinwand died of a gunshot wound to the head in their home in Plover.

At the time of her death, the coroner ruled it a suicide.

Reinwand is already serving out a life sentence in prison for the murder of his daughter's ex-boyfriend in 2008.

According to court documents, while in prison, Reinwand admitted to fellow inmates he killed Pamela. New testimony and evidence reopened this case as a possible homicide.

Family, experts, and friends all took the stand Tuesday in the trial of Reinwand, now charged with killing Pamela.

Emotions ran high as Pamela's mom, sister and cousin remembered Pamela's life and the night she lost her life.

"I don't think it was the evening Pam anticipated, I think she anticipated having a fun evening and it did not end that way," said Pamela's sister Renee Steger.

Witnesses testified that hours before Pamela's death her and Joseph had a night out with her family where they got into an argument.

"The night still ended on a sour note," said Steger. "A continuation from dinner."

The question prosecutors and the defense are trying to prove to the jury is who fired the gun that night.

Also taking the stand, past and present state crime lab employees who tested Pamela looking for particles of gunshot residue to try and give insight to that.

"I found no significant levels of barium or antimony on the swabs that were provided to me," said former Wisconsin state crime labs employee Kenneth Donald Kempfert. "Gunshot residue is a fragile type evidence, for example if a person's hands were washed or brushed heavily that residue would come off."

Day two of the trial came to a close with the testimony from Kenneth Rifleman, the coroner who ruled the death a suicide in 1984. He said that he had the death certificate amended in 2014 to change the cause of death from suicide to undetermined.

The trial is expected to last 5 days.

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