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Wisconsin man pleads not guilty to killing couple in 1976

FILE - This undated booking photo provided by the Marinette County, Wis., Jail shows Ray Vannieuwenhoven. Eighty-two-year-old Vannieuwenhoven has been charged in Marinette County with first-degree murder in the deaths of David Schuldes and Ellen Matheys at a park in Silver Cliff, Wis., 43 years ago. Sheriff's detective Todd Baldwin testified Wednesday, June 19, 2019, that tests of Vannieuwenhoven's DNA from a licked envelope matched DNA from the crime scene. He's scheduled to enter a plea July 1.

MARINETTE, Wis. (AP) — An 82-year-old man will face trial on two counts of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a couple at a Wisconsin park 43 years ago.

A judge in Marinette County determined Wednesday that there's enough evidence to send the case against Raymand Vannieuwenhoven to trial.

Vannieuwenhoven is accused in the killing of 25-year-old David Schuldes and 24-year-old Ellen Matheys in 1976 at McClintock Park in Silver Cliff, about 200 miles (320 kilometers) north of Milwaukee.

WLUK-TV reports sheriff's detective Todd Baldwin testified Wednesday that tests of Vannieuwenhoven's DNA from a licked envelope matched DNA from the crime scene. Investigators didn't have any major leads until last year when a DNA lab in Virginia identified the genealogical background of the suspect.

Vannieuwenhoven is scheduled to enter a plea July 1.

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Information from: WLUK-TV, http://www.fox11online.com

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