Dustin Vogelsong, 33, of Ney, has pleaded not guilty to eight charges in connection with the alleged murder of Larry Vogelsong, 74, of Bryan, in March.
Charges levied against Vogelsong in the Defiance County Court of Common Pleas include felony aggravated murder, first-degree felony attempted murder, two counts of second-degree felonious assault, two counts of second-degree felony kidnapping, first-degree felony aggravated robbery and fifth-degree felony cruelty to a companion animal.
Also during his May 22 hearing, Judge Joseph Schmenk allowed for a requested psychological evaluation to determine competency for trial.
Deputies were dispatched to Vogelsong’s home, on Behnfeldt Road between Bryan and Sherwood, around 4:15 p.m. March 1, after receiving a report of a domestic disturbance between Vogelsong and the mother of his two children.
Authorities said that upon arrival, they discovered a deceased adult male, determined to be Dustin Vogelsong’s grandfather, Larry Vogelsong, who had suffered head trauma, apparently caused by a physical altercation.
Authorities previously said they believed the grandfather was trying to keep Dustin’s children from leaving with him.
Dustin also is accused of causing injuries to the mother of his children, as well as Larry Vogelsong’s wife, both of whom were treated for injuries and released. A news release from Defiance County authorities alleges Dustin also killed a pet cat during the course of the incident.
The suspect then allegedly removed the two juveniles from the scene and fled with them in a vehicle he stole from his grandfather before authorities arrived.
Vogelsong was apprehended later that night at a gas station near the Ohio Turnpike when a Williams County sheriff’s deputy recognized his vehicle.