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Court denies appeal in Deiss murder case

In a brief decision filed last week, a district court rejected an appeal by a man found guilty of two brutal Pierce County murders.

Arthur Foster, acting as his own attorney, had filed a motion in October 2009 asking to withdraw the no-contest plea leading to his conviction for the December 1994 shooting deaths of Donald Deiss, 69, and Kathleen Deiss, 68.

The couple, long-time residents of Pierce County's Big River area, were found shot to death in their Town of Trimbelle home the evening of Dec. 4, 1994.

According to court documents, Foster and two juveniles went to the Deiss home, claiming car trouble and asking to use the phone. Once inside, Foster shot Mr. Deiss twice in the head and shot Mrs. Deiss in the back of the head with a rifle.

Foster and the juveniles then stole about $600 from the home.

Three days later, Foster, who lived in Ellsworth, was charged with two counts of first degree intentional homicide, two counts of armed robbery, and one count each of robbery with threat of force, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm silencer and burglary.

Following a plea agreement, Foster was found guilty of the two homicide charges, the other charges were dismissed and he was sentenced to life in prison. He is currently an inmate at Waupun Correctional Institution and will be eligible for parole in 2050.

For more please read the Dec. 22 print version of the Herald.

Judy Wiff

Judy Wiff has been regional editor for RiverTown’s Wisconsin newspapers since 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from UW-River Falls. She has worked as a reporter for several weekly newspapers in Wisconsin.

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