Man charged in 1976 double homicide back in court


MARINETTE, Wis. — An 82-year-old Lakewood, Wis., man accused of killing a Green Bay couple at a Marinette County campground 43 years ago was bound over for trial Wednesday.

Raymand Vannieuwenhoven faces two counts of first-degree murder, a felony punishable by up to life in prison, in the deaths of 25-year-old David Schuldes and 24-year-old Ellen Matheys on July 9, 1976, in the Town of Silver Cliff.

Det. Todd Baldwin of the Marinette County Sheriff’s Office testified in Marinette County Circuit Court that DNA collected from Matheys’ clothing and the crime scene at McClintock Park matched Vannieuwenhoven’s DNA profile done in March, providing the breakthrough in the case after more than four decades.

Vannieuwenhoven was arrested March 14.

While defense attorney Lee Schuchart attempted to cast doubt on the criminal complaint and DNA reports, Circuit Judge James Morrison ruled Marinette County District Attorney DeShea Morrow had shown probable cause to continue the case.

Morrison set Vannieuwenhoven’s arraignment for 10:30 a.m. July 1.

Vannieuwenhoven also originally was charged with first-degree sexual assault, but that was dismissed with prejudice, meaning it cannot be refiled, because the statute of limitations had expired.

The 82-year-old remains jailed at the Marinette County Law Enforcement Center on a $1 million cash bond.