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UPDATED: JBLM soldier arrested in connection with slaying of brother-in-law

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Feb. 6, 2013 at 11:27 am |
February 6, 2013 1:53 pm
Photo by Adam Lynn, staff reporter
Photo by Adam Lynn, Staff reporter

UPDATE as of 1:51 p.m.: Shannon Remus, the JBLM soldier arrested on suspicion of hiding a corpse, waived extradition this afternoon during a hearing at Pierce County Superior Court.

INITIAL POST: A 26-year-old Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier has been arrested in connection with the torture and homicide of her husband’s autistic stepbrother in Wisconsin last summer.

The News Tribune is not naming the woman, who is a military police officer, because she has not yet been charged with a crime. She is scheduled for an extradition hearing today in Pierce County Superior Court.

Detectives from Wisconsin arrested her Tuesday on base on suspicion of hiding a corpse. The woman’s husband, Jeffrey Vogelsberg, is charged with first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse. Vogelsberg’s landlord and mother also remain jailed in the case.

“Although she has denied any involvement in Matthew Graville’s murder, interviews and court testimony have confirmed that (she) had knowledge of Matthew’s murder and where he was buried,” according to a Dane County sheriff’s news release.

Graville’s mother reported him missing in September and told authorities she hadn’t spoken to him since March. Graville had been living with Vogelsberg and his wife in Mazomanie, Wis.

In November, Graville’s body was found in a makeshift grave. Detectives said he had been severely beaten and stored in a freezer before being buried.

The JBLM soldier was away at Army basic training when Graville was killed in July.

Vogelsberg forced his landlord to help him move Graville’s body into a freezer in the garage for four days while he went to Missouri to watch his wife graduate, according to charging documents.

Authorities said Vogelsberg severely beat Graville in the bathroom of their home one night and had a history of assaulting his stepbrother and shooting him with a BB gun.

The morning after the beating, Vogelsberg’s landlord found Graville surrounded by pill bottles on the couch. The landlord told police he helped Vogelsberg move the body into a freezer and bury it several days later because Vogelsberg was armed with a gun and threatened to hurt him.

Vogelsberg’s mother has been charged with stealing from Graville’s bank accounts.

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