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Jury Brings Guilty Verdicts In Old McClintock Murder Case

Issue Date: July 29, 2021

Following a 45-year search for the culprit, over two years of investigations and a 7-day trial, 12-member jury in Marinette County Court on Tuesday deliberated for just two hours before returning with guilty verdicts against 84-year-old Raymand Vannieuwenhoven on two counts of first degree murder on Tuesday, July 27.

Judge James Morrison scheduled sentencing for 1 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 26. He decided that a pre-sentence investigation would not be necessary because of all the investigating that had been done before the case came to trial.

Newly developed DNA techniques led investigators to arrest Vannieuwenhoven for the 1976 shooting deaths of a Green Bay couple - David Schuldes, who was 25 at the time, and his fiancÃ, Ellen Matheys, who was 24. Matheys had been raped before she was shot. The couple had been camping at McClintock Park in the Town of Silver Cliff and evidence presented at the trial was that they were preparing to go for a walk before they were shot and killed. They had planned to be married in September.

A charge of sexual assault against Vannieuwenhoven was dismissed with prejudice in earlier proceedings due to statutes of limitations, but he was charged with two counts of first Degree Murder. Evidence presented was that Schuldes had been shot once and Matheys had been shot twice.

In the decades following the double homicides, Vannieuwenhoven had led a relatively quiet life in Oconto County, which included marrying and raising a family. He was living alone at his home at 17043 Remus Woods Lane in the Oconto County Town of Lakewood at he time of his arrest on March 14, 2019.

One of his daughters was among spectators in the courtroom and broke into silent tears after the verdict was delivered. However, he said he believed he was obligated to sentence in accord with laws in effect in 1976, and asked attorneys for each side to provide him with briefs of their thoughts on sentencing.

The defense attorneys called no witnesses and attorneys for each side presented closing arguments before Judge Morrison read his instructions to the jury on Tuesday morning.

Sheriff Jerry Sauve, the man who had made the decision to proceed with the DNA investigation that led to Vannieuwenhoven, was in the courtroom as a guard during the proceedings.

Before sending the 12 jurors and two alternates to begin deliberations at about 10:30 a.m. Judge Morrison instructed the alternates to follow the same rules as the other jurors and instructed all of them to discuss the case with no one outside the jury room.

Morrison advised the jury that they must be convinced beyond reasonable doubt that Vannieuwenhoven had done the murders and advised that intent should not be confused with motive.

When the jury was ready to return two hours later Judge Morrison held up proceedings until a sister and other family members of one of the victims could make it back to the courtroom.

He admonished everyone in the room to be silent, and make no outcries when the verdict was announced, but said once they were dismissed everyone, including jurors, could talk to anyone they wished.

After the guilty verdict was announced on both counts, Morrison polled each juror individually and each said their decision was guilty on both counts.

Morrison had praise for all the attorneys involved, and thanks for the jurors.

After the verdict was announced a daughter of Vannieuwenhoven broke into silent tears, and another family member appeared to be weeping.

In the courtroom, and in the hallway outside the courtroom after everyone was dismissed, families of the victims exchanged hugs and expressed happiness that they had finally gotten justice, and thanked Marinette County officials for never giving up on their case.


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