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Trial Set For Woman In 26-Year-Old Rusk County Murder Case

A former Wisconsin woman will stand trial in Rusk County for a 1979 murder.

A judge determined there's enough evidence for Cherie Barnard to face trial in the death of Robert Pfeil, Junior.

Judge Frederick Henderson threw out three of four perjury charges against Barnard. She was accused of lying to a grand jury last year.

Henderson says there's evidence Barnard participated in Pfeil's murder by offering to call a relative to do the crime.

Two other men are charged with killing Pfeil. One of them, John Rogers, testified during this week's preliminary hearing that Barnard was in the thick of a conspiracy to kill Pfeil.

Prosecutors say Barnard and Rogers' brother, former Rusk County District Attorney Robert Rogers, wanted Pfeil dead because they perceived him as a threat. Pfeil was angry the D-A ordered sheriff's deputies to kill his dogs.

The 54-year-old Barnard is an attorney who was living in San Mateo, California. More recently she has lived with her son in Canton, Michigan


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