Wyngarden, 52, of Zeeland faces two charges of first-degree premeditated murder. He's accused of killing Rick and Gail Brink, who were shot to death in 1987 in their home on Ransom Street in Park Township, 18 months after their wedding.
Testimony began Tuesday morning in the murder trial, with the prosecution laying out its arguments that the killings were premeditated.
Prosecutors say Wyngarden had an argument with family members before the shooting and that he was jealous of the relationship between Rick and Gail. The prosecution also said Wyngarden didn’t want people to find out about the sexual relationship between himself and Gail.
The defense said Wyngarden did not commit the killings and has an alibi. The defense proposed that a motorcycle gang with links to the drug trade out of Detroit or an investigation into corporate “financial irregularities” could have led someone else to murder the couple.
The defense says no incest occurred.
Wyngarden remains in the Ottawa County Jail, where he has been since being booked on Jan. 21, 2013.
Wyngarden’s wife said her husband confessed to the killing and asked her to provide an alibi. The defense says detectives suggested the alibi story to his wife.
Story by Holland Sentinel writer Jim Hayden