Bail of $1 million was set Wednesday for Jeffrey Vogelsberg, back in Madison to face a first-degree murder charge for the death of his half-brother last summer.
Vogelsberg, 28, was arrested on Nov. 5 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Wash., where his wife, who is in the Army, was stationed. After trying to fight extradition, he was returned to Madison and booked into the Dane County Jail on Friday night.
At a brief court appearance Wednesday, Assistant Public Defender Patrick Schilling said he and Vogelsberg agreed with prosecutors to the $1 million bail. A preliminary hearing will be held Jan. 10.
A criminal complaint charges that Vogelsberg beat his half-brother, Matthew Graville, 27, on June 30 at a home in Mazomanie where they were living, then left the next morning for his wife's graduation from basic training in Missouri.
Graville had Asperger's syndrome, an autism-spectrum disorder.
The home's owner, Robert McCumber, found Graville dead and called Vogelsberg, who told him to put Graville's body into a chest freezer until he returned. When he came back five days later, McCumber and Vogelsberg buried Graville on public land near Lone Rock, the complaint states.
Vogelsberg is also charged with hiding a corpse, as is McCumber, 29. Vogelsberg's mother, Laura Robar, 49, of Fort Atkinson, is charged with two counts of using Graville's public assistance card to buy groceries after knowing that Graville was dead.
Robar is scheduled to stand trial next month. No trial date has been set for McCumber.