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Brothers Convicted of Killing Hunters

October 30, 2003

STANDISH, Mich. (AP) _ Two brothers were convicted Wednesday of killing a pair of hunters who disappeared 18 years ago and were never found.

The jury convicted Donald Duvall, 51, and Raymond Duvall, 52, of two counts each of first-degree murder after deliberating for about two hours.

Brian Ognjan and David Tyll, both 27, never returned from a hunting trip to northern Michigan in November 1985.

Donald Duvall’s attorney said he would appeal; Raymond Duvall’s attorney was not available for comment. The charge carries an automatic penalty of life in prison without parole.

The defense had questioned the credibility of the prosecution’s star witness, Barbara Boudro, who said she saw the Duvalls attack the hunters near her home in rural Oscoda County, about 200 miles north of Detroit.

Boudro admitted having nine alcoholic drinks before she saw the alleged attack, and said she waited to testify because she feared for her life.