Double-homicide suspect pleads not guilty

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Vannieuwenhoven due back in court Sept. 27

Warren Bluhm,

Raymand L. Vannieuwenhoven, left, appears via video link in Marinette County Court on July 1 with his attorney, Lee Schuchart. (Times Herald photo by Warren Bluhm)

A Lakewood man charged with a double-murder that occurred in 1976 pleaded not guilty during a brief court appearance Monday, July 1.

Raymand L. Vannieuwenhoven, 82, is charged with the shooting deaths of David Schuldes, 25, and Ellen Matheys, 24, at the McClintock Park campground in the Marinette County town of Silver Cliff on July 9, 1976. He was arrested after the State Crime Lab matched his DNA to bodily fluid found on the clothing of Matheys, who was sexually assaulted before her death.

The defendant appeared before Judge James A. Morrison via video conferencing from the Marinette County Jail. He sat quietly with his arms crossed beside his attorney, Lee Schuchart, who entered the not guilty pleas on his client’s behalf.

District Attorney DeShea Morrow said she had just received a flash drive with about 1,000 pages of material from the state Division of Criminal Justice that she plans to consolidate with Marinette County reports and submit to Schuchart as part of the pre-trial discovery process.

The defense plans to hire an investigator and expert to review the state’s evidence and prepare its case, Schuchart said.

Morrison scheduled a status conference for 1 p.m. Sept. 27. A trial date may be set at that time.