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David Wambach Named Prosecutor of the Year


DOJ Employee Recognized For Work On The McIntyre Cold Case Homicide


MADISON – Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that David Wambach, an Assistant Attorney General with the Wisconsin Department of Justice, was recently recognized for his work in the Marilyn McIntyre Cold Case homicide.


The Wisconsin Association of Homicide Investigators (WAHI) presented Wambach the WAHI Prosecutor of the Year award at their annual conference on April 28th. According to Steve Brinza, WAHI Awards Chairman, Wambach received several nominations for his inspired work on the McIntyre cold case homicide.


“I want to congratulate Assistant Attorney General David Wambach on an outstanding job,” said Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen. “David is a dedicated prosecutor who is committed to public service and who cares deeply about the work of the Wisconsin Department of Justice.”


On March 11, 1980 Marilyn McIntyre was murdered. McIntyre was 18 years of age when she was brutally beaten, strangled and stabbed in her home in the early morning while her 3 month old son slept nearby. The case was investigated in 1980 and after a few years went cold. The case was reopened by the Columbia County Sheriff's Office in late 2007. On March 24th, 2009 Curtis Forbes, a long time family friend of McIntyre's, was arrested. Forbes was found guilty by a Jefferson County jury sitting in Columbia County Circuit Court.


The Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation teamed with the Columbia County Sheriff's Department and Columbus Police Department in a joint investigation. The Wisconsin Department of Justice, Criminal Litigation Unit teamed with the Columbia County District Attorney's office in the prosecution of Forbes. Wambach commented, “This award is a team award. I may have presented the case to the jury, but the law enforcement officers did the investigation and refused to let the case die.”


Wambach has served as an Assistant Attorney General with the Wisconsin Department of Justice since November, 2008. Wambach was elected to the position of Jefferson County District Attorney in 1997 and served in that position until November, 2008. Prior to that he served as an Assistant District Attorney in both Jefferson and Wood counties.


Wambach previously was recognized by WAHI in 2007 for his work on the Derek Anderson case and in 2006 was named Prosecutor of the Year by the Wisconsin District Attorney's Association.


CBS's program 48 Hours will feature the McIntyre case on Saturday, April 30th at 9 p.m.