The defense was to begin calling witnesses this morning.
The prosecution ended with testimony from Heather Maracchini — wife of Wyngarden’s stepson, Nathan — who described the sexual relationship the defendant had with his sister and murder victim, Gail Brink.
“He said it was like exploring,” Maracchini recalled of Wyngarden’s admission to her, her husband and one other person in 2012 to the relationship with Gail in their teen years. “They would kiss, touch and explore each other — ‘Natural teenage stuff,’ he said.”
Heather’s husband, Nathan Maracchini — who is Wyngarden’s stepson and the son of Pam Wyngarden by a previous relationship — earlier testified to Ryan Wyngarden’s disclosure of a sexual relationship with Gail.
“He said he forced a few times, but never went all the way,” Nathan said.
The prosecution says Ryan Wyngarden killed Gail and Rick Brink in November 1987 in their Park Township home because he was jealous of the pair and didn’t want it known that he had sex with his sister.
Nathan, 27, who was raised by Wyngarden, along with Pam and Ryan’s three children, testified that Ryan was the “more prominent” figure in the house, making decisions without input from Pam.
“My dad would get very verbal and loud with mom. My mom would just sit there, take it and cry,” Nathan said, adding that his sister Elisabeth, born three years after the murder and whose middle name is Gail, was put on a pedestal by Wyngarden.
“My sister was higher than us boys,” Nathan said.
Earlier Wednesday, an inmate at the time Wyngarden was in the Ottawa County Jail after his arrest, said he told police about a jailhouse confession because he didn’t want the defendant to get away with the murders.
Daryl Cain, who is now serving 17 years for criminal sexual conduct, said he spoke with Wyngarden in 2013 for more than 17 minutes. During the conversation, Cain said Wyngarden admitted to the killings and said he did it out of jealousy of Gail.
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