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Jury selection begins for Oklee man accused of killing wife

At this time, the trial is set to begin Monday, Sept. 26, and expected to continue through Friday, Oct. 7.

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GRAND FORKS – The trial for an Oklee, Minnesota man accused of killing his wife is set to start this week with jury selection beginning on Wednesday, Sept. 21 in Thief River Falls.

The first panel of 40 jurors appeared Wednesday morning, Sept. 21, but at least two panels of jurors have been called in. A total of 14 jurors, including two alternates, will be selected to hear the case. Before Reinbold’s pre-trial hearing, his attorney filed for a change of venue, but it was denied by Judge Tamara Yon, the Thief River Falls Times reported.

The trial is expected to continue through Friday, Oct. 7, according to court filings.

On July 9, 2021, Eric Reinbold’s wife Lissette Reinbold, 34, was found dead in her driveway, discovered by one of her children. According to court documents, Lissette had been stabbed 27 times with wounds to her neck, torso, and upper extremities. Classified as a homicide, blood loss was determined to be Lissette’s cause of death.

Though Reinbold, 46, evaded arrest for 26 days, when found he was arrested “without incident,” said the Herald previously reported. Reinbold was on probation at the time for a 2017 conviction of pipe bomb possession. He had been granted compassionate release by a federal judge four months prior to Lissette’s death.

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Though Reinbold has been charged with other crimes since his arrest, the trial will only cover the murder case. The Thief River Falls Times reported Lissette’s three oldest children and her sister will likely testify.

Reinbold, 46, has been charged with two counts of second degree murder, “including one count alleging intentional murder."

Aside from this case, Reinbold has assault charges for an alleged attack on two Pennington County Jail officers June 4.

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