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Suspect in Wisconsin cold case homicide appears in Arizona court

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PIMA COUNTY (WKOW) - A suspect in the homicide of a Wisconsin woman thirty years ago appeared in an Arizona courtroom Tuesday, after his arrest this week.

Mark Bringe, 70, was charged in Pima County with First Degree Murder While Armed With a Dangerous Weapon in the death of his wife, Lori Bringe, on August 19, 1988.

Bringe is being held without bond in Arizona and has agreed to be extradited back to Columbia County, Wisconsin to face the charge.

Lori Bringe's gun shot death was originally classified a suicide.  But Columbia County Sheriff's investigators revisited the case in 2013, and prosecutors from Columbia County and the state filed a criminal complaint against Mark Bringe Monday.  The complaint maintains Lori Bringe's fatal gun shot was not consistent with a suicide, and that Mark Fringe made contradictory statements about the incident.  Authorities say Lori Bringe was intending to leave her husband for another man at the time of her death.

The victim's acquaintance, Cathy Bishop, says Bringe often came in to her grocery store in Poynette.

"She would come in there and get this particular muffin she liked,"  Bishop recalls.  "She was just the most pleasant, lovely woman you ever met in your life,"  Bishop says.  "And a very pretty lady."

Bishop remembers learning of Bringe's death.  "I was shocked,"  she says.

Sheriff's Lieutenant Roger Brandner says Mark Bringe was interviewed twice by detectives in Arizona since the case was reopened.

"He's been cooperative, and talkative, but he has not come out and confessed to the crime,"  Brandner says.

Brandner says the couple had two children at the time of Lori Bringe's death.


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