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Accused in Park Twp. Cold Case Murder Bound Over for Trial


HOLLAND, MI (WHTC) - After nearly two full days of testimony, Holland District Court Judge Brad Knoll has bound over Ryan Wyngarden for trial on murder charges.

The 50-year-old Zeeland man was arrested in January after cold case detectives spent more than a year going over the files and interviewing witnesses in the 1987 deaths of Gail and Rick Brink in their Park Township home. Wyngarden was the brother of Gail Brink, and testimony in the preliminary hearing revealed that he allegedly had a incestious affair with his sister, and prosecutors contend that he killed her out of jealousy over her recent marriage, and kiled Rick Brink in order for him to not know about the affair.

Wyngarden had been banished from Knoll's courtroom for a time during the hearing for verbal outburst against his wife, who testified for the prosecution against him. Knoll maintained a denial of bond for Wyngarden, and sent the case to Ottawa County Circuit Court, where Chief Judge Ed Post will handle the matter, with a March 11 arrignment date initially set.

Post was the judge presiding over the 2008 Janet Chandler cold case murder trial; those proceedings were held in the Holland District Courthouse because of an outdated County Courthouse in Grand Haven, but the Wyngarden trial is expected to be in the county seat in the new courthouse built since the Chandler trial.