Judge James Bayorgeon
Kutska granted hearing in Monfils’ murder
Keith Kutska will get another chance to argue for a new trial in connection with his conviction for the 1992 murder of Tom Monfils, a judge decided.
Kutska is one of six men who were convicted of killing Monfils at the then-James River paper mill. All but Mike Piaskowski, whose conviction was overturned by a federal judge, are serving life prison terms.
Last fall, Kutska’s lawyers filed a 145-page motion, arguing Monfils wasn’t murdered but actually killed himself. Prosecutors disagree and maintain the six killed him. His body was found at the bottom of a pulp vat, with a rope & weight tied to him.
Retired Outagamie County Judge James Bayorgeon, who is still handling the case, has granted a hearing, said attorney John Bradley.
The hearing is scheduled to last three days, starting July 8.
Kutska’s previous appeals were denied.
Just last week, the state Parole Commission denied Kutska’s first parole request. It said he needed to spend more time in prison. Judge Bayorgeon wrote a letter to the parole board, recommending Kutska be released as soon as possible.
To date, parole requests have been denied for the other four: Dale Basten, Michael Hirn, Michael Johnson and Rey Moore. They remain incarcerated.