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Woman pleads not guilty to role in taking food benefits from slain autistic man


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A trial date of February 11th was set today for a woman accused of taking public food benefits from an autistic man, after he was allegedly killed by the woman’s son.

The bond for 49-year-old Laura Robar of Fort Atkinson was reduced from $100,000 to $20,000 during a court hearing in Dane County. But her attorney said she probably won’t be able to afford the lower bond – and she’ll likely stay in jail until her trial on two counts of identity theft.

Robar pleaded not guilty to those charges Wednesday.

Her son, 28-year-old Jeffrey Vogelsberg, was scheduled to have an extradition hearing in Washington State Wednesday. Authorities want him back in Wisconsin to face charges in the slaying of his half-brother, 27-year-old Matthew Graville of Mazomanie.

His body was found buried on November 5th near Lone Rock. Authorities said Graville was tortured before he was killed.

Vogelsburg is charged with homicide and hiding a corpse. The owner of the Dane County house where Vogelsburg and Graville had lived is also charged with hiding a corpse.

28-year-old Robert McCumber is due back in court on December 17th.