Terry Vollbrecht is Granted a New Trial

On January 10, 2011, the Sauk County Circuit Court granted Terry Vollbrecht a new trial. On February 25, 2011, Terry was set free on bail. After being wrongly imprisoned for over 22 years, Terry has finally returned home where he belongs.

Terry has always maintained his innocence. In 1989, the jury that heard the State's case against Terry for the assault and murder of Angela Hackl never heard about a man named Kim Brown. In his recent review of newly discovered evidence presented by the defense, Judge Steven Bauer wrote that, "Brown’s specific, distinctive, and uncommon motive to chain women to a tree, assault them, shoot them, and burn them” constituted “direct evidence of the identity of the murderer.” 

The State has indicated that it will appeal Judge Bauer's decision. In response to the requests from the community, a defense fund has been set up to accept contributions for legal expenses. Individuals interested in contributing to Terry's legal costs may send a check or money order to:

Terry Vollbrecht Defense Fund
Wisconsin Innocence Project
975 Bascom Mall
Madison, WI 53706

Terry and his lawyers are thankful for this generous support from the public. Terry is represented by Wisconsin Innocence Project attorneys Keith Findley and Ion Meyn, and by Stephen Hurley and Erik Guenther with Hurley, Burish & Stanton, S.C.

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