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Rory Kuenzi Found Guilty of Hit & Run and Drunk Driving Homicide Charges

 

WAUPACA - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today Rory A. Kuenzi of Weyauwega, Wisconsin was found guilty of Hit and Run Resulting in Death and operating under the influence homicide charges after a jury trail. Judge Phillip M. Kirk entered judgment on the jury's, in Waupaca County Circuit Court. Last December Rory A. Kuenzi was bound over for trial on homicide charges after a preliminary hearing before the Honorable Philip M. Kirk. The criminal complaint charged Kuenzi with Hit and Run Resulting in Death and Homicide by Intoxicated Use of a Motor Vehicle in the October23, 2004, death of Kevin McCoy, whose body was found just north of State Highway 54, in the town of Farmington, Waupaca County, Wisconsin.

 

Walter Engel who was charged with perjury for allegedly making false statements while under oath was also bound over for trial at the December 2009 joint preliminary hearing.

 

At the jury trial, a witness(Adam Klotzbuecher) testified that he observed Kuenzi who was intoxicated leave an under age drinking party driving his S‑10 truck south bound on Butts Road. The witness (Klotzbuecher) testified he heard a thump, saw a shoe come up from Kuenzi's truck and that Kuenzi then stopped and got out of his truck. The witness (Klotzbuecher )testified Kuenzi, with (Klotzbuecher's) the assistance of the witness, carried McCoy's body off the road. Kuenzi then left that location without leaving any information concerning his identity, address, or registration number of his vehicle. Kuenzi did not render any assistance to McCoy. Witnesses at the party indicate Kuenzi was intoxicated when he left the party.

 

Kuenzi will be sentenced by the Honorable Phillip M. Kirk in Waupaca County Circuit Court after a presentence investigation is completed by the Department of Corrections. Judge Kirk is expected to schedule a jury trial date for the charges pending against Walter Engel.

 

Assistant Attorneys General Jeffrey M. Gabrysiak and Dennis R. Krueger represent the state.