FOND DU LAC COUNTY, Wis. -- (WITI) -- A 1990s murder case that ended in a mistrial in Fond du lac County will be heard again. Dennis Brantner, 63, will be re-tried in connection with the death of 18-year-old Berit Beck.
Brantner was charged with first-degree murder for Beck's death. His trial ended without a verdict in June.
Brantner is currently serving time in a drug case, but in court on Monday, January 23, handcuffed and dressed in prison garb, Brantner learned more about another charge looming over him.
"I`m going to deny the defense motion and the state will get the opportunity to retry Mr. Brantner," the judge said.
The judge referenced it as a circumstantial case involving a lot of different witnesses and bits and pieces of evidence.
In 1990, Beck was traveling from her home in Sturtevant to Appleton when she disappeared. Her van was found a few days later. Her body was eventually found in a ditch in Fond du Lac County.
Authorities said Brantner's fingerprints were recovered from Beck's van.
"I think there was some evidence that was not permitted to be presented," Craig Powell, Brantner's former attorney, said.
The defense remains hopeful, but Brantner will have to proceed with a new attorney. On Monday, Powell withdrew from the case.
"He lost everything, is indigent and can't afford anything in life, let alone counsel," Powell said.