Spirit Lake Man Found Guilty of 2nd Degree Murder in Re-Trial

October 13, 2021 9:56am

Gregg Winterfeld

Tuesday night, a jury in Sioux County District Court found 71-year-old Gregg Eugene Winterfeld of Spirit Lake, guilty, for a second time, on a charge of second degree murder.

 

Sioux County Attorney, Thomas G. Kunstle prosecuted the case that arose on May 9, 2020, when Grant Wilson and Theresa Wilson of Cleghorn, spent the afternoon and evening visiting Winterfeld at a rural Ireton home. Grant Wilson and Winterfeld spent the day drinking alcohol, and at one point, Winterfeld locked the home’s doors, put on a holster with a loaded revolver, then convinced Wilson to come back inside. Winterfeld pursued and un-holstered his gun. Wilson turned around, gave a threatening look, so Winterfeld raised his gun shooting Wilson.

 

Winterfeld was originally charged with First Degree Murder, a class A felony, and the case proceeded to a jury trial on March 30, 2021. On April 7, 2021 the jury returned a guilty verdict to Murder in the Second Degree. Winterfeld was taken into custody. However, before sentencing on May 28, the Court noted the law grants 10, as opposed to 6, peremptory challenges to both the State and Defendant during the jury selection process for Class A felony trials. On June 16, the Court ordered a new trial and released Winterfeld on bond.

 

Re-trial began on October 5, 2021 and on October 12, 2021 at approximately 9:00 p.m. a second jury returned a guilty verdict to Murder in the Second Degree. Winterfeld was taken back into custody pending a new sentencing hearing, which the District Court has yet to schedule.