82-year-old Wisconsin man in preliminary hearing for 1976 double homicide

Published: Jun. 19, 2019 at 6:25 PM EDT
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The man charged with a 1976 double homicide was back in court Wednesday.

The suspect, 82-year-old Raymand Vannieuwenhoven, sat in an orange jump suit in the court room, with hearing aid speakers, to listen to testimony against him Wednesday.

The crime happened in 1976 in McClintock Park in Silver Cliff, Wisconsin, where a couple, in their mid-twenties, were shot and killed.

The woman was also sexually assaulted as well, according to testimonies.

First to the stand was Marinette County Detective Todd Baldwin, who went through how he found Vannieuwenhoven as a suspect.

Baldwin stated he looked into the case, and was able to take the DNA that was left on the deceased woman to a genealogist.

"It was entered into the CODIS [Combined DNA Index] system, our suspect DNA," said Detective Baldwin.

Detective Baldwin narrowed it down to Vannieuwenhoven, and gathered DNA from an envelope lick.

It turned out to be a match to the DNA at the crime scene.

Since the crime happened in 1976, there is no eye witnesses, or surveillance footage. The murder weapon has not been recovered either.

Judge James Morrison said that there is probable cause for sexual assault, based on the facts, and it could be tied to the two murders.

"It further supports, whether that's tied to the two murders, it clearly shows a motive. It clearly shows that in my opinion, at this point, it is clear to me that the state has more than met its purpose in establishing probable cause in at least on felony," said Judge Morrison.

Vannieuwenhoven was originally charged with sexual assault because of that DNA evidence, but that charge was dropped because the statute of limitations expired.

The next part of this double homicide case will be an arraignment on Monday, July 1 at 10:30 a.m.