A Kenosha County man, whose 2008 conviction for murdering his wife with antifreeze was overturned, will likely remain jailed until at least his new trial takes place.

What’s kept the Mark Jensen case going is a so-called “letter from the grave,” penned by Julie Jensen, who urged law enforcement to look at her husband as the prime suspect if anything happened to her. An appeals court said it should not have been allowed as evidence, and the original murder conviction was overturned.

Prosecutors plan to retry the case and Kenosha Circuit Court Judge Chad Kerkman has set Jensen’s bond at $1.2 million dollars – the same as prior to his first trial.

A privately hired defense attorney is being replaced with a public defender, who said she will need at least a year to learn about and plan for Jensen’s re-trial. Former Kenosha District Attorney Bob Jambois will return to prosecute.

A status conference is scheduled in early May.

Contributed by Tom Karkow, WRJN

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