Jurors deadlocked in man's trial in 1990 homicide case

Posted at 4:31 PM, Jun 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-28 19:17:32-04

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) -- Jurors are deadlocked and will get another day for deliberations in the Fond du Lac County trial of a man accused of killing an 18-year-old woman in 1990.

62-year-old Dennis Brantner is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Berit Beck. Jurors sent a message to the judge Tuesday saying they could not reach a verdict. The Reporter Media says Judge Gary Sharpe will determine whether to declare a mistrial.

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 in a Fond du Lac parking lot, but her body wasn't found until more than a month later 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.