Man pleads not guilty in '98 Wis. homicide

CREATED Apr 24, 2013

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OCONTO, Wis. (AP) -- A former Oconto Falls man has pleaded not guilty in a cold-case homicide.

Prosecutors charged 52-year-old Peter Hanson last month with being party to first-degree intentional homicide.

Hanson is accused in the death of 19-year-old Chad McLean of Green Bay, who disappeared in 1998 after a night of partying. His body was found a month later beneath a bridge.

In Oconto County court Wednesday, Hanson waived his right to a preliminary hearing and entered his not-guilty plea.

WLUK-TV reports Hanson's attorney had no comment after court. McLean's family also declined to comment.

Hanson is being held on $500,000 bond. He has been in the Oconto County Jail since November on unrelated charges.

His next court appearance is scheduled for June 4. Trial is set for December.


Information from: WLUK-TV,