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Trial begins for father accused of killing his two children in Kaukauna

Posted at 11:51 PM, Dec 01, 2022
and last updated 2022-12-02 16:02:00-05

APPLETON — The jury selection in the case against a father accused of killing his children in Kaukauna began on Thursday. Matthew Beyer, a 38-year-old Manitowoc man, is charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide for the deaths of 5-year-old William Beyer and 3-year-old Danielle Beyer.

The children were found dead in their mother's home on February 17, 2020. According to the criminal complaint, they had "intentionally inflicted, sharp force injuries" to their necks.

A pool of 102 jurors was narrowed down to 12. The trial is scheduled for 12 days in Outagamie County and is expected to conclude on December 16. Opening remarks will begin tomorrow.

If convicted, Beyer will face a mandatory life sentence.