Dennis Brantner WIll Be Retried for Beck Murder
Prosecutors plan to re-try Dennis Brantner for the 1990 murder of 18 year old Berit Beck. That’s what Fond du Lac County District Attorney Eric Toney said in court today in a motion hearing for the 63 year old Kenosha Man accused of killing Beck. However, since Brantner was not in court today, no trial date was set and a status conference was scheduled for next week where both parties will be present. Brantner’s lawyer, Craig Powell, asked the Judge to acquit Brantner, saying to try him again would be double jeopardy. Meanwhile, Toney says he has new evidence, testimony of a former girlfriend of Brantner’s, to offer at trial. A jury couldn’t reach a unanimous verdict during a trial in June and was dismissed. Beck’s van was found in Fond du Lac parking lot in July of 1990. Her badly-decomposed body was found six weeks later in a ditch outside of Waupun.