PORTAGE, Wis. – A Wisconsin man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a friend's wife nearly 30 years ago.
Columbia County Circuit Judge Alan White set a $750,000 cash bond Monday for 51-year-old Curtis Forbes of Randolph.
Prosecutor Jane Kohlwey had asked for a $5 million bond, saying Forbes could be a flight risk and threat to some witnesses.
Prosecutors have said DNA evidence connects Forbes to Marilyn McIntyre's death in March 1980. Her husband found his 18-year-old wife stabbed, beaten and strangled in their Columbus home.
Forbes' attorney, George Strother, says he's not confident his client, a carpenter, or his family can raise the cash for the bond. Forbes is being held in the Columbia County Jail.