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Reinwand cases separated for trial


WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (WSAU) -- There will be two separate trials for a Wisconsin Rapids man accused of homicide and arson.

54-year-old Joseph B. Reinwand is accused of trying to defraud his insurance carrier by intentionally setting fire to his house in October of 2010, and he is accused of shooting his daughter’s boyfriend Dale Meister to death in his home in March of 2008. Judge Gregory Potter granted the defense motion to separate the trials, to prevent influencing a jury to convict Reinwand of one case based on the testimony in the other case.

Reinwand’s homicide case is scheduled to go to jury trial October 20th and last over a week. The separate trial on the arson case has not yet been scheduled.