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"Dateline" will feature 1996 Geraldine murder case

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Keith Morrison of "Dateline" Keith Morrison of "Dateline"
Thomas Jaraczeski, accused of the murder, was found not guilty by a jury in Fort Benton Thomas Jaraczeski, accused of the murder, was found not guilty by a jury in Fort Benton
The 1996 murder of Bryan Rein of Geraldine remains unsolved, and now the TV series "Dateline" is preparing a program that profiles the case. The 1996 murder of Bryan Rein of Geraldine remains unsolved, and now the TV series "Dateline" is preparing a program that profiles the case.
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The 1996 murder of Bryan Rein of Geraldine remains unsolved, and now the TV series "Dateline" is preparing an episode that profiles the case.

Dateline correspondent Keith Morrison is in Great Falls this week with a production crew.

Morrison explained, "We are doing interviews for a story that we are going to do on the veterinarian murder case. It's a fascinating case and this case has lots of twists and turns."

Thomas Jaraczeski was arrested in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in May 2014 for the murder of Rein.

Jaraczeski had already been arrested once in the case but the charges against him were dropped in 1998. 

In September 2015, Jaraczeski was found not guilty by a jury in Fort Benton.

Court documents alleged that Jaraczeski shot and killed Rein, who was dating Jaraczeski's former girlfriend, Ann Wishman.

“We covered the trial, we've been talking to the principals involved during that length of time,” Morrison said.

Morrison says even though they will have two hours to tell the story, it’s a balance of telling a compelling story and getting it right.

Morrison and his crew have conducting interviews with family members, lawyers, and retired MT DOJ Division of Criminal Investigation agent Ken Thompson, who has been investigating this case for the past 19 years.

The editing process is the longest part of putting together the stories that Dateline does.

Once they are done filming, they have to categorize and analyze hundreds of hours of video before the writing and editing can start.

“We choose all kinds of cases to do. Usually it's because of the complexity of the case or simply because it's more interesting than other cases,” Morrison said.

Morrison tells us that this episode will likely air in early 2016.



(SEPTEMBER 23, 2015) Thomas Jaraczeski, accused of the 1996 murder of Bryan Rein of Geraldine, was found not guilty on Wednesday.

The trial began on September 9th in Fort Benton.

Jaraczeski was arrested in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in May 2014 for the murder of Rein.

Jaraczeski had already been arrested once in the case but the charges against him were dropped in 1998. 

Court documents alleged that Jaraczeski shot and killed Rein, who was dating Jaraczeski's former girlfriend, Ann Wishman.

Authorities say Wishman and Rein had been talking to one another while Jaraczeski and Wishman were still living together.

In June 1996, shortly after the breakup, Jaraczeski allegedly began to stalk Wishman and Rein.

A month later, Rein was found dead on the kitchen floor of his trailer home with his .357 Magnum near his left hand, with two gunshot wounds to his right arm and one gunshot wound to his chest.

During the trial, prosecutors argued that Jaraczeski was the only person with a motive to kill Rein, and the only person without an alibi for the time of the murder.

But the defense attacked the state's timeline of the crime and said other suspects were ignored by investigators.

No physical evidence could place Jaraczeski at the scene, and his attorneys maintained that without absolute certainty, jurors must find him not guilty.

Closing arguments were completed on Tuesday, and the verdict was announced late Wednesday afternoon.

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