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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Kuehni trial begins today

ELLSWORTH - The murder trial of Rose Marie Kuehni began this morning at the Pierce County Courthouse

The trial is scheduled from today through Aug. 18, beginning each day at 8:30 a.m. The trial will start with jury selection with a pool of 120 prospective jurors along with opening statements before witnesses will be called.

Kuehni, 45, of, Prescott, has pleaded not guilty on grounds of self-defense to felony charges of murder and hiding a corpse of her then boyfriend Douglas Bailey, 51, also of Prescott,back in November of 2015. Kuehni is in custody in the Pierce County Jail in Ellsworth.

Kuehni, a faculty member of the University of Minnesota Continuing Education course in Construction Management, was arrested back on Dec. 8 at 1:24 a.m. as a person of interest after the Bailey's body had been discovered in a box off a rural highway in Bell County, Kentucky on the same day. Police reports state Kuehni admitted to killing Bailey at a home on Ash. St. in Prescott, then having a friend of hers, Clarence Hicks, 66, of Kentucky, transport the body from central Illinois where they met after Thanksgiving to a spot near the Kentucky-Tennessee state line where it was hidden in a container down a ravine.

Hicks was arrested extradited to Wisconsin and charged with hiding a corpse. He was later released from Pierce County Jail on bond. It is unclear what role, if any he will have in the trial. 

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