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Trial Start Moved Up in Ryan Wyngarden Murder Case


GRAND HAVEN, MI (WHTC) - Jury selection in the trial of a 50-year-old Zeeland man accused of a high-profile double murder is now slated for March 5.

Ottawa County Circuit Court Judge Jon Hulsing moved the date up six days after a Friday afternoon hearing on two motions involving Ryan Wyngarden. He was arrested by cold case investigators a year ago and accused of shooting his sister Gail and her husband Rick Brink at the couple’s Park Township home late in 1987. It took a quarter of a century before Wyngarden’s wife was able to admit that he confessed to her the day after the incident, saying in last February’s preliminary hearing that she lied to detectives for fear of her safety and that of their son.

Wyngarden was bound over for trial following that hearing and has been held without bond since his arrest. According to court officials, Hulsing made the change in order to have the trial completed before Spring Break, and instructed both the defense and prosecution to have material shared by January 31.