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Man guilty of drunken driving after wife found dead near burning car

A Des Moines County jury on Monday found 58-year-old Bradley Wischmeier not guilty of vehicular homicide while intoxicated.

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) -- A jury in southeast Iowa has found a man not guilty of vehicular homicide in the death of his wife, whose body was found next to a burning car in a harvested cornfield.

The Hawk Eye newspaper reports a Des Moines County jury Monday found 58-year-old Bradley Wischmeier not guilty of vehicular homicide while intoxicated, a charged that could have resulted in up to 25 years in prison. The jury found him guilty of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

The charges followed the April 17 death of 50-year-old Lisa Wischmeier.

Deputies found the couple in a harvested cornfield not far from the Wischmeiers' home near Burlington. Bradley Wischmeier was lying around 20 yards (18 meters) from a blazing vehicle and his wife was dead, near the car. Court records say Wischmeier acknowledged driving around the field until the vehicle overheated and caught fire.


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