A Fond du Lac County jury Friday watched a video police did with Dennis Brantner at the Kenosha Police Department in March of 2014. Brantner was living in Kenosha at the time. He was confronted with fingerprint evidence taken from Berit Beck’s van.
Brantner said he had been drinking with a another man at a bar the night before and woke up in a hotel the next morning with little recall of that night.
He denied killing Beck and couldn’t remember that night. “I did not kill her and I don’t know how I got to the hotel, and I don’t know what time we left,” he said.
Detectives from the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Department and Kenosha Police pressured him to confess, but Brantner broke down in tears denying murdering the 18-year-old Sturtevant woman: “I don’t know, if I did I hate myself.” The trial continues on Monday.
Beck, an 18-year-old from Sturtevant, was kidnapped July 17, 1990, on her way to a computer class in Appleton. Two days later, her van was found in a parking lot in Fond du Lac. Her body was found the next month in a ditch near Waupun.