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Wyngarden Double Murder Trial Resumes


GRAND HAVEN, MI (WHTC) - After a three-day weekend, jurors return to the courtroom of Ottawa County Circuit Court Judge Jon Hulsing this morning in the double murder trial of Ryan Wyngarden.

The 52-year-old Zeeland man is accused of shooting his sister Gail Brink and her husband Rick at their Park Township home in 1987; he was arrested 14 months ago after his wife agreed to turn state’s evidence. Pam Wyngarden testified last week that she had been in fear after her then-fiancé took her to the crime scene the day after the shooting, and had lied to investigators for 25 years for her safety and her family. 

The prosecution, who contends that Ryan Wyngarden killed the couple out of jealousy and to cover up an incestuous relationship, is expected to wrap up its case later this week. The defense, based on its opening argument, is then expected to counter that there is no physical evidence tying the accused to the crime scene, and that an unknown assailant or assailants could have mistakenly shot the Brinks, thinking that they were a previous homeowner that had a criminal past in the Detroit area.

The trial may last through the end of next week, according to court observers.

While the  Wyngarden double murder trial is garnering the lions’ share of media attention at the Ottawa County Courthouse, another trial in that building is scheduled to get underway today. Mark Harris is a 29-year-old Holland area man accused of holding a female acquaintance and her sister at gunpoint in a Lincoln Avenue apartment last December for more than an hour. The two women were not hurt.