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Man accused of killing brother ordered to stand trial

Published On: Jan 30 2013 02:41:30 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 10 2013 07:13:46 PM CST
Jeffrey Vogelsberg

Dane County Sheriff Office

MADISON, Wis. -

A man charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the death of his half-brother last summer was ordered to stand trial.

Jeffrey Vogelsberg, 28, appeared in Dane County court for a preliminary hearing on Thursday.

The criminal complaint stated Vogelsberg tortured and beat his half-brother, 27-year-old Matthew Graville, on June 30 at a home in Mazomanie where they were living.

Graville had Asperger's syndrome, an autism-spectrum disorder. Detectives found Graville's body buried in the woods months after he disappeared.

Robert McCumber, the landlord who is accused of helping to hide Graville's corpse, took the stand Thursday and testified against Vogelsberg.

McCumber described listening to the fatal beating last July as Vogelsberg looked on in the courtroom without any emotion.

McCumber tearfully testified that Vogelsberg made threats after he initially refused to help hide Graville's remains.

"(Vogelsberg) told me to do exactly what he said, that if I didn't, he would take me down with him, that he would kill my '(expletive) girlfriend and her antichrist child,'" McCumber said on the stand.

McCumber described keeping Graville's remains in a freezer for a few days, then helping transport the body to an area in Lone Rock, where it was buried near public land.

McCumber also testified that Vogelsberg asked him to throw out a number of items related to the crimes, including a 2-by-4 marked with the words "Matthew's Motivation."

When asked why he didn't call police when he first discovered the body, McCumber said he was afraid Vogelsberg would get to him before the police could protect him.

Vogelsberg fought extradition from Washington state after his arrest in November but returned to Madison Dec. 28. Bail for Vogelsberg was set at $1 million at a previous hearing.

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