Crime and Court Roundup: Man charged with killing his autistic brother back in courtWisconsin News
-- A man charged with torturing-and-killing his autistic half-brother is due in court today in Madison.
A man charged with torturing-and-killing his autistic half-brother is due in court today in Madison. 27-year-old Jeffrey Vogelsberg was arrested over a month ago at a military base in Washington State, where his wife works. But he fought extradition, and Governor Scott Walker had Washington’s governor sign an order to bring him back. Vogelsburg is charged with homicide and hiding a corpse, after his 27-year-old half-brother Matthew Graville was found buried on November fifth near Lone Rock. The two lived together in Mazomanie, and their landlord is also charged with hiding a corpse. And Vogelsburg’s mother is scheduled to go on trial in February for identify theft, after she allegedly took some of the victim’s public food benefits after he died.
A judge in Madison could decide on Friday whether a woman is mentally competent to stand trial for leaving her sister to die. Dane County Circuit Judge Julie Genovese will hold a competency hearing for 72-year-old Veronica King. Veronica’s nephew, Steven King, is also charged in the case – and the judge ruled in October that he was not competent to stand trial. He’s getting mental treatment for now. Prosecutors said the two went out for pizza, instead of helping 70-year-old Mary Coleman after she collapsed at Veronica King’s Madison home in 2009. They were accused of hiding the body until police found the remains a few months later. And the two allegedly wrote 64-hundred dollars in checks from the dead woman’s account where her pension and Social Security checks were automatically deposited. They face a host of charges which include reckless homicide, hiding a corpse, and bank fraud.
A former middle school math teacher in Eagle River will be sentenced this afternoon for possessing child pornography and having sexually-explicit chats with teens. 47-year-old Michael Wang of Florence struck a plea deal in November in which he pleaded guilty to two charges of possessing child porn. Eight related counts were dropped. State prosecutors said Wang used a school lap-top to chat sexually with underage girls – and it often happened while he was in his classroom. Officials were alerted in May of last year, while monitoring the school computers. They later found two digital flash-drives in a classroom cabinet which had over 100 pornographic photos showing children as young as four. Authorities said Wang also performed a sexual act on his Web camera for a 14-year-old girl.