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Grave robbery case ends in mistrial


LANCASTER (WKOW) -- Prosecutors say they will retry the case of a man accused of trying to dig up a grave to have sex with a dead woman, after jurors deadlocked late Tuesday night.

The jury found 23-year-old Alex Grunke guilty of criminal damage to a cemetery and attempted misdemeanor theft, but deadlocked on attempted third-degree sexual assault.

Authorities allege that in 2006, Grunke, along with his twin brother, Nicholas Grunke, and 22-year old Dustin Radke, went to St. Charles Cemetery in Cassville to remove the body of a young woman killed a week earlier in a motorcycle accident.

Radke told investigators they had seen her obituary photo in the newspaper, and that Nicholas Grunke wanted to have sex with the body.

In July 2007, a state appeals court dropped sexual assault charges against the men, saying the legislature has never criminalized sex with a corpse.

But a year later, the state Supreme Court ruled people can be charged with sexual assault when the victims are dead, and the charges were reinstated.


Nov. 20, 2008: 3 accused of digging up grave enter pleas

July 9, 2008: Court rules against men charged with digging up corpse for sex




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