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Hearing set for man accused of killing, hiding half-brother's body

Published On: May 06 2013 03:59:04 PM CDT   Updated On: May 06 2013 04:29:29 PM CDT
Jeffrey Vogelsberg

Dane County Sheriff Office

MADISON, Wis. -

Officials set the next hearing Monday in a case involving a man charged in the death of his half-brother.

Jeffrey Vogelsberg, who is being held the Dane County Jail, is charged with first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse. His wife, Shannon Remus, is also charged with being party to the crime of hiding a corpse.

Both appeared in court Monday. The next hearing date, set for July 12, will determine whether the two cases will be severed, and whether the most recent charges against Vogelsberg – including felony intimidation of a witness – will be consolidated.

The trial is not likely to begin until October, according to the Dane County District Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors said Vogelsberg tortured and eventually killed Matthew Graville in Wisconsin last summer.

Graville's body was not found until early November. Graville had Asperger's syndrome, an autism-spectrum disorder.

A family member closely connected to the case received threats from Vogelsberg and confided in Dane County Sheriff's Office detectives that he fears for his life and the lives of other family members, according to a Dane County Sheriff's Office news release.

Detectives were able to substantiate the threats by Vogelsberg, and he was charged in Dane County Circuit Court on Thursday with a cash bail of $20,000, sheriff's officials said.

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