Friday, August 20, 2010

Kuenzi Trial To Be Heard By Out Of County Jury

Rory Kuenzi, the miscreant that headed up the torment, torture and killing of several deer by chasing them down with snowmobiles a couple of winters ago will soon be facing trial for his other alleged crime, Hit and Run Death and Homicide by Intoxicated Use of a Vehicle.


Rory Kuenzi of Weyauwega, will be tried on homicide charges by a jury from outside of Waupaca County. According to a press release from Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, the ruling was made Thursday in Waupaca County Circuit Court.

Last December Rory Kuenzi was bound over for trial on homicide charges after a preliminary hearing. The criminal complaint charged Kuenzi with Hit and Run Resulting in Death and Homicide by Intoxicated Use of a Motor Vehicle in the October 23, 2004, death of Kevin McCoy, whose body was found just north of State Highway 54, in the town of Farmington in Waupaca County.

Walter Engel who was charged with perjury for allegedly making false statements while under oath was also bound over for trial at the December 2009 joint preliminary hearing. A judge ruled Wednesday Walter Engel will have a separate trial from Kuenzi

At the preliminary hearing, a witness testified that he observed Kuenzi who was intoxicated leave an underage drinking party driving his truck south bound on Butts Road. The witness testified he heard a thump, saw a shoe come up from Kuenzi’s truck and that Kuenzi then stopped and got out of his truck. The witness testified Kuenzi, with the assistance of the witness, carried McCoy’s body off the road. Kuenzi then left that location without leaving any information concerning his identity, address, or registration number of his vehicle. Kuenzi did not render any assistance to McCoy. Witnesses at the party indicate Kuenzi was intoxicated when he left the party.

Kuenzi’s trial is scheduled for November 15, 2010 when a jury will be selected.

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