Madison
61° F
Overcast
Overcast
Advertisement

Slain Mazomanie man's stepmother to stand trial

Published On: Dec 05 2012 07:00:12 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 05 2012 08:48:11 PM CST
Laura Robar Jeffrey Vogelsberg and Robert McCumber

Laura Robar, Jeffrey Vogelsberg and Robert McCumber

MADISON, Wis. -

A trial date has been set for the stepmother of a Mazomanie man who prosecutors say was killed by his half-brother.

Laura Robar is accused of hiding a corpse in addition to identity theft. Prosecutors said Robar abused Matthew Graville's disability support funds.

Robar stood silent in Dane County Circuit Court on Wednesday, and a not guilty plea was entered on her behalf. A trial date was set for February.

The body of Graville, who had Asperger's syndrome, was found in a shallow grave last month.

Authorities allege that Graville's half-brother, Jeffery Vogelsberg, tortured and killed Graville, freezing his body and burying it near Mazomanie in July.

Graville's body lay under the earth for four months before detectives finally discovered it last month, revealing what investigators said was a horrific case of abuse.

Vogelsberg is still awaiting extradition from Washington state on charges of first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse.

Prosecutors have also charged Vogelsberg's landlord, Robert McCumber, with helping bury Graville's body.

Advertisement
  • Indiana primary graphic

    CNN

    Presidential election moves to Indiana

    With the number of available delegates dwindling and the parties' national conventions two months away, Indiana's primary is poised to reshape the presidential primary election.

  • Foster Farms chicken nuggets

    USDA FSIS via CNN

    Notable recalls of 2016

    Several major product recalls have been reported in the United States in 2016. Check our list to see if you could be affected.

  • blue neon hotel vacancy sign

    kd kelly/SXC

    7 deadly sins for hotels

    Hair on the bathroom floor is gross, even when it's your own. It's one of those little things that turns happy travelers into disgruntled hotel guests. Check out the seven deadly sins to hoteliers.

Advertisement