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Soldier, 31, agrees to face trial in strangulation

Nov. 19, 2013 - 10:21AM   |  
Brian Gogue
Friends and family of Joel Matthew Krutsch hold a vigil in front of the courthouse Monday before the scheduled preliminary exam for Pfc. Brian Gogue. Gogue is charged with the murder of Krutsch. (J. Scott Park / AP)
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Thirty-one-year-old Pfc. Brian Gogue of Linthicum Heights, Md., is charged with an open count of murder and a count of attempted murder. (AP)

ADRIAN, MICH. — A 31-year-old soldier has waived his right to a probable cause hearing, agreeing to stand trial on accusations he strangled one man and stabbed another in southeastern Michigan.

Thirty-one-year-old Pfc. Brian Gogue of Linthicum Heights, Md., is charged with an open count of murder and a count of attempted murder. He appeared Monday in district court and is scheduled to appear Nov. 27 in Lenawee County Circuit Court.

Prosecutors say Gogue killed 20-year-old Joel Krutsch of Adrian on Oct. 5 at a mobile home in Raisin Township, about 50 miles southwest of Detroit. They say Gogue stabbed Scott Fernandez in the shoulder.

Police say Gogue was on leave from South Korea and visiting his estranged wife.

An open murder charge lets the jury consider both first- and second-degree murder.

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