Oct 14, 1995, Monfils Homicide: Investigators methods again under fire

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i in ii wm mm 1 1 ! i i Investigator's methods again under fire ByAnneKJemm Press-Gazette The lead investigator in the Tom Monfils case took more heat Saturday as defense lawyers tried to burn holes in the state's case. But before the jury was allowed in court Saturday morning, the prosecution argued with partial success against allowing more defense attacks on Sgt. Randy Winkler's interviewing methods with witnesses. "The state objects to the attempt to transform this trial into a trial of. Randy Winkler," assistant district attorney Bill Griesbach said. Winkler's investigative techniques are not relevant, Griesbach said. ' . Some witnesses have testified they felt Winkler put words in their mouths or intimidated them while questioning them before charges were filed. . Six men are Oh trial on charges of being party to homicide in Tom Monfols' death at the James River paper mill Nov. 21, 1992. They are Dale Basten, Mike Him, Mike MM , , . v ' i' , Y f ' Press-Gazette photo by Patrick Ferron Cross-examination: Nila Robinson, lawyer for Dale Basten, questioned Sgt. Randy Winkler on Saturday about how he interviewed witnesses. Judge James Bayorgeon is in background. Johnson, Keith Kutska, Rey Moore and Mike Piaskowski. Lawyers for Basten and Him argued that Winkler's questioning techniques may have influenced the answers witnesses gave. Winkler may have gotten some witnesses to say what he wanted to hear, not the truth, said Gerald Boyle, one of Hirn's lawyers. The judge, James Bayorgeon, told defense lawyers he thought Winkler's techniques were a non-issue, but he'd allow some questions on it. Basten's lawyer Nila Robinson did just that, questioning Winkler extensively about how he approached witness David Wiener. Wiener has testified he saw Basten and Johnson carrying something heavy Nov. 21 toward the room containing the vat where Monfils' body later was found. She brought up a state Crime Lab report that shows Wiener probably wrote the message "I DO NOT FEAR DEATH FOR IN DEATH WE SEEK LIFE ETERNAL" in a phone book at the mill. The message was written on a page where Monfils' parents' phone listing was circled, she said. Winkler said he initially thought the note was just "a sick joke" by someone. It also could be considered a planted suicide note, he said. Winkler didn't tell Wiener he involved in Monfils' death, even though he told Basten 'he knew-Basten was involved, Winkler testi4 fied. V " : Winkler asked Basten for his the-!' r ...u.. I 1.14 :ti.:" and Basten grabbed Winkler and "became physical" with him whlle, explaining it, Winkler said. ' . Winkler believed Basten's man- & ner showed he was reliving thft.".. attack, even though Basten's theo;r-ry was that Him killed Monfils Winkler said. . Basten never said he saw Hirn,"1; the morning Monfils died, Winklerf .f -said under cross-examinatioti by' Boyie. In at least 10 interviews, HirnJ denied killing Monfils, Winklei said. . s" v'l And the statements linking Hirn'V to pushing Monfils came from; Verna Irish and Brian ' Kellner.'sjj version of what Kutska told thejJtii Winkler said. ; . X But Winkler said he has 5otkeT-:; information placing Him at a frontation with Monfils and that h&' believes Hirnhas lied to him. -Cjf

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  1. Green Bay Press-Gazette,
  2. 15 Oct 1995, Sun,
  3. Page 15

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