Wisconsin Supreme Court won't hear Kutska appeal

Published: Apr. 11, 2017 at 8:45 AM CDT
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The Wisconsin Supreme Court will not take up the appeal of a man convicted in one of Green Bay's most high-profile crimes.

On Monday, the state's high court denied a petition to review the Keith Kutska appeal.

Online court records show Justice Shirley Abrahamson issued the dissent. Justice Ann Walsh Bradley did not participate.

The Supreme Court's decision not to hear the case means the lower court's ruling stands, and Kutska will not receive a new trial.

The 66-year-old is serving a life sentence for the 1992 murder of Tom Monfils at a paper plant in Green Bay.

Investigators accused Monfils and five other plant employees of conspiring to kill Monfils. Monfils' body was found in a pulp vat.

The defendants became known as the "Monfils Six."

Kutska mounted his appeal based on what his attorneys claimed was new evidence in the case. The defense was granted an evidenciary hearing to present an argument that Monfils killed himself.

However, a judge ruled there was not evidence to grant Kutska a new trial. His subsequent appeal was denied.

One of the six people convicted in the Monfils murder has been released from prison. Michael Piaskowski's conviction was overturned.