MARINETTE COUNTY, Wis. (WLUC) - UPDATE: Raymand Vannieuwenhoven appeared in court again Monday morning for a motion hearing.
The court heard on a motion to dismiss count three, first degree sexual assault. Court granted the motion with prejudice.
A preliminary exam is still scheduled for June 19.
A Wisconsin man charged for a 1976 Marinette County double homicide appeared by video means in Marinette County courts Wednesday morning for an initial appearance.
Raymand Vannieuwenhoven, 82, is currently charged with two counts of first degree murder and one count of first degree sexual assault.
At his hearing, a motion was made to dismiss his sexual assault charge.
A decision will be made on Monday, May 20 about whether it will be dismissed or not.
Vannieuwenhoven was charged for the murders because his DNA was a match confirmed by the State of Wisconsin Department of Justice Crime Lab. He is a widower with several children and it’s believed he had been living in Lakewood, Wisconsin for the past 17 years and regionally before that.
It is unknown if Vannieuwenhoven was connected to the victims. The case was cold for 42 and a half years.
A preliminary exam is set for June 19.