- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) - The murder trial of a man accused of killing an 18-year-old Wisconsin woman in 1990 has ended with no verdict.

Judge Gary Sharpe discharged the jury Wednesday after it was unable to reach a verdict.

Afterward, Fond du Lac County District Attorney Eric Toney said prosecutors are “keeping all of the options open right now” but would not elaborate.

Sixty-two-year-old Dennis Brantner was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Berit Beck. Beck was traveling from her home in Sturtevant to Appleton for a work seminar when she disappeared. Her van was found a few days later, and her body was later found in a ditch in Fond du Lac County.

Authorities who re-examined the cold case say they matched fingerprints on evidence recovered from Beck’s van to Brantner.



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