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Wyngarden bound over to trial for Brinks murders in '87
HOLLAND, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A man accused of killing his sister and brother-in-law more than two decades ago is headed to trial.
Investigators say Ryan Wyngarden murdered his sister Gail Brink, and her husband Rick, in Park Township, back in 1987.
A break in the cold case came a few months ago when Wyngarden's wife Pamela came forward and told police he was the killer.
Wyngarden's preliminary hearing lasted two days, and involved some disturbing testimony.
In court on Thursday, testimony stated that Wyngarden reportedly wrote "I killed them" on his palm and showed it to a nearby inmate while in jail.
After allegedly telling the other inmate what he had done, Ryan supposedly said he would have his son put money in the inmate's account, presumably--the inmate thought--to keep him quiet.
On Wednesday, Wyngarden was escorted from the courtroom as Pamela testified, as he was disruptive and called her "a lying woman."
Pamela testified that Wyngarden killed Gail because he didn't want her husband to know about their sexual relationship.
She added that she did not come forward sooner as she was frightened for her life of her husband.
Police had questioned the couple multiple times since the murders, but it wasn't until this year that detectives finally had enough evidence for charges.