Motion Hearing Today For Kenosha Man Suspected Of Killing Berit Beck
A Fond du Lac County judge today will make some decisions about whether a 63-year-old Kenosha man will stand trial a second time for allegedly killing Berit Beck. Judge Gary Sharpe will rule on several motions today regarding the 1st degree murder charge Dennis Brantner is facing for allegedly murdering the 18-year-old Sturtevant woman. Brantner’s lawyer, Craig Powell, is asking the judge to acquit his client saying to try Brantner again would be double jeopardy. District Attorney Eric Toney wants another chance to try Brantner and 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.