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Wife testifies to husband's role in Mich. deaths

Feb 28th, 2013 - Local News

— The wife of a man charged with fatally shooting his sister and brother-in-law says she kept his role in the slayings a secret for more than two decades.

Pamela Wyngarden testified Wednesday that Ryan Wyngarden told her he killed Rick and Gail Brink, in part, because he didn't want his sister to reveal they had a sexual relationship as teenagers.

The testimony was held during a probable cause hearing in Holland District Court. It will resume Thursday.

Fifty-year-old Ryan Wyngarden of Zeeland was removed from the courtroom Wednesday because of outbursts.

The Brinks were found shot to death in 1987 in Park Township, southwest of Grand Rapids. Ryan Wyngarden was charged in January.

Two detectives assigned to the case in 2011 conducted approximately 200 interviews.

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