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Appeals Court Ruling to Stand
MADISON - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that the Wisconsin Supreme Court denied a petition for review filed by Derek N. Anderson. Anderson petitioned the Wisconsin Supreme Court to review the decision of the District IV Court of Appeals which upheld the conviction of Anderson.
Derek Anderson, formerly known as Andrew Krnak, was convicted of the first degree intentional homicide of his father, Allen Krnak, after Allen Krnak, his wife, Donna Krnak, and their son, Thomas Krnak, all were believed to have disappeared around the July 4, 1998 weekend from their home in Jefferson County, Wisconsin. The skeletal remains of Allen Krnak were later found in North Carolina, only 10 miles from where Anderson attended school.
Attorney General Van Hollen commented, "The fact that this homicide conviction stands typifies much of what we at the Department of Justice strive to do. Assistant Attorney General Margie Moeller from our Criminal Appeals Unit acted as a resource for and worked closely with the local district attorney to ensure that any conviction obtained by the prosecution would occur within the proper bounds of the law and in a fashion that would appropriately withstand appellate scrutiny. It was our cooperative efforts with one another that maximized the likelihood of a just result, while ensuring local autonomy and the efficiencies of each unit of government doing what it does best".
Assistant Attorney General David Wambach, who prosecutes complex criminal litigation at the Department of Justice, represented the state as the local Jefferson County District Attorney during the course of the prosecution. Assistant Attorney General Marguerite M. Moeller represented the Attorney General and State of Wisconsin on appeal.