Alleged confession preceded charges in 1984 death

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STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) -- Court documents say a Wisconsin Rapids man now accused of killing his wife decades ago was charged because he allegedly confessed to relatives and fellow inmates.

Joseph B. Reinwand is scheduled to make an initial appearance Tuesday. He was charged last week in the death of his 19-year-old wife, who died of a gunshot wound in 1984.

Pamela Reinwand's death was initially classified a suicide. But Portage County authorities reopened the case in 2008 while investigating another homicide in which Joseph Reinwand was charged.

The latest criminal complaint quotes Reinwand's cousin as telling investigators Reinwand confessed, saying "I had to do her in." Inmates housed with him also quoted him as saying he tried to make his wife's death look like a suicide.

A message left with Reinwand's public defender Monday was not immediately returned.