Wife to testify against man in 1987 double-killing

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) - A prosecutor says a woman will testify that her then-boyfriend came to her crying and then confessed to killing his sister and brother-in-law 27 years ago.

Ottawa County Assistant Prosecutor Lee Fisher told jurors in Grand Haven on Tuesday that the woman now married to Ryan Wyngarden will testify against him at his trial on murder charges in the deaths of a Grand Rapids-area couple.

The 52-year-old Wyngarden is accused of shooting 22-year-old Gail Brink and 28-year-old Rick Brink at their Park Township home. Authorities say one motive was that Wyngarden didn't want his sister to reveal they had a sex as teenagers.

Defense lawyer David Hall says Wyngarden stands by his alibi that he was doing laundry and babysitting for a friend at the time of the 1987 killings.

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