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Suspects in Mazomanie torture death head to court

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Laura Robar Laura Robar
Robert McCumber Robert McCumber
Jeffrey Vogelsberg Jeffrey Vogelsberg

MADISON (WKOW) -- Two of the three people accused of playing a role in the torture death of a Mazomanie man head to court. 

In September, authorities learned that 27-year-old Matthew Graville who hadn't been seen by family members since June. On Monday, they found his body in rural Sauk County.

Graville, who had Asperger's Syndrome, moved into a Mazomanie home with his half brother, 27-year-old Jeffrey Vogelsberg, this spring.

Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney says authorities learned through interviews that Vogelsberg had mentally and physically tortured Graville for several months while they lived together. Officials believe that torture ended on July 1, when Graville was killed. His body was found frozen and buried.

Officials say the brothers were renting the home from 28-year-old Robert McCumber. He's accused of helping hide Graville's remains.

Graville's stepmother, Laura Robar, is accused of conspiring to hide Graville's body, along with identity theft for taking money out of Graville's bank account and using his food stamps after he died.

Vogelsberg remains jailed in Washington state on a first degree homicide charge.

McCumber and Robar were in Dane County Court on Wednesday. A judge set $100,000 cash bond for both defendants on Wednesday afternoon.

McCumber and Robar return to court for their preliminary appearances on November 14.

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