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UPDATE: Suspects charged in connection with man's death in court

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Matthew Graville Matthew Graville
Jeffrey Vogelsberg Jeffrey Vogelsberg
Robert McCumber Robert McCumber
Laura Robar Laura Robar

DANE COUNTY (WKOW) -- Two people charged in the investigation of the death of a Mazomanie man head to court.

Last week, Dane County authorities found the body of 27-year-old Matthew Graville.

On Wednesday, the man accused of helping bury the body, and Graville's stepmother were in court.

Twenty-eight-year-old Robert McCumber waived his right to a preliminary hearing and will go to trial.

According to the criminal complaint, McCumber admitted to finding Graville dead on the couch of his home in Mazomanie, where Graville lived with his half-brother, 27-year-old Jeffrey Vogelsberg.

Authorities say he led them to the spot where he helped Vogelsberg bury Graville's body in a wooded area in rural Sauk County.

McCumber's lawyer Chris Van Wagner says the allegations against his client are serious.

"I think there are things in the complaint that make it clear that the person who is still wanted and not apparently coming back willingly, allegedly is a person full of malice," says Van Wagner. "He [Vogelsberg] sounds like a dangerous man and a frightening man."

Vogelsberg is accused of killing Graville. He remains in custody in Washington state where he was currently living, awaiting extradition. He's expected to appear in court again in early December.

Also in court Wednesday was Graville's stepmother, 49-year-old Laura Robar. She's charged with using Graville's food stamps and bank account after his death.

Robar's preliminary hearing was postponed because she didn't have an attorney.

Dane County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Elise Shaffer says investigators are still following up on leads in the case and searching for more evidence.

"We've had the dive team out searching the river near where Matthew's body was found just to see if there's more evidence we can recover from that area," says Shaffer.

In the criminal complaint, McCumber told authorities the night before Graville was found dead, he overheard Vogelsberg beating Graville badly.

A cause of death has not been released.

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DANE COUNTY (WKOW) -- The suspects accused in connection with the death of a Mazomanie man who had a form of autism will be in court on Wednesday.

Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney says in early November, investigators discovered the body of 27-year-old Matthew Graville buried in a wooded area in Lone Rock. He hadn't been seen since June 30.

After an investigation, authorities say Graville's step-brother 27-year-old Jeffrey Vogelsberg abused and tortured Graville for several months while they lived together in Mazomanie. Vogelsberg is accused of killing Graville, storing his corpse in the freezer and hiding his body.

Their landlord, 28-year-old Robert McCumber, is also in custody. He led authorities to the body, and authorities say he admitted to helping bury it.

Graville's stepmother 49-year-old Laura Robar is accused of conspiring to hide Graville's body, along with identity theft for taking money out of his bank account and using his food stamps after he died.

Graville had Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism.

McCumber and Robar are expected to appear in Dane County Court Wednesday afternoon for a preliminary hearing.

Vogelsberg remains in custody in Washington state where he was currently living, awaiting extradition. He's expected to appear in court again in early December.

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