Soldier to face trial in Adrian strangling and murder case
Tue, 19 Nov 2013 15:14:43 GMT —
The case against a soldier charged with the strangling and stabbing of two men near Adrian will head to trial in November.
Brian Gogue, 31, waived his right to a probable cause hearing in court Monday. His case will head to trial on accusations he strangled to death Joel Krutsch, 20, and stabbed Scott Fernandez, 18, in a mobile home at 2985 Gady Rd. in Raisin Township.
Fernandez had survived stabbings to his neck, shoulder, and face after trying to fight off Gogue. Fernandez told WNWO Gogue had knocked on his door Oct. 5, asking for help with Krutsch while on leave from South Korea. When Fernandez discovered Krutsch strangled in the bathroom floor, he felt a cord around his neck.
WATCH: Fernandez showed WNWO the damage in his home and recounts his struggle.
"He gave up on the cord after a little while and then pulled a knife out,â?? recalled Fernandez. â??He shoved me back into the wall, cracking it. I shoved him back, but he got three stabs in and out of my neck, shoulder, and face.â??
The two wrestled until Fernandez pinned the suspect to the floor while others in the home called police.
The suspect and his wife had been temporarily living with Krutsch at Fernandez's home. Fernandez claims the suspect sought revenge and "snapped" as the couple had been going through a divorce.
Gogue faces an open count of murder charge and one count of attempted murder.
His next court date is scheduled for Nov. 27 in Lenawee County Circuit Court.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)