Sentenced to life in prison in 1989 for the rape and murder of Angela Hackl, Wisconsin man Terry Volbrecht has always maintained his innocence. On January 11th, after 21 years in prison, a judge ordered a new trial for Vollbrecht’s case.
Vollbrecht has been working with the Wisconsin Innocence Project for over a decade to overturn his conviction, and the new trial is a promising first step. Another man, Kim Brown, told a fellow prisoner in 1992 that he killed Hackl and tied her to a tree. Brown is already imprisoned for killing another woman near the location of Hackl’s June 1987 murder, a few months after it occurred.
Vollbrecht’s attorneys successfully argued that in light of Brown’s statements, enough doubt has been cast on Vollbrecht’s conviction to warrant a new trial. However, Dodge County Circuit Judge Steven Bauer, who is presiding over Vollbrecht’s appeal in Sauk County, WI, cautioned that a jury could still convict him.