Alleged murder accessories arraigned

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 4, 2003

NATCHEZ &045; The two people charged as accessories to capital murder in the July 28 death of John Vasser were arraigned in Adams County Justice Court Wednesday.

Thomas Andrew Briggs, 25 and Kim Magyar, 28, both of New Orleans, appeared before Judge Charlie Vess, who appointed them both a lawyer Wednesday.

&uot;Both did not appear to be very nervous or anything, seemed to be very calm,&uot; Vess said of the two suspects.

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Briggs and Magyar arrived Aug. 29 and are now being held on $250,000 bond. They now can either request or waive a preliminary hearing before going to the grand jury.

Vess said if they do request a preliminary hearing that will probably be held in mid-October.

The two suspects are being charged as accessories to capital murder along with suspect Nathan Hogan, who is charged with capital murder in the death of Vasser.

Hogan is still in Louisiana, waiting for an extradition hearing to bring him to Adams County for trial. Adams County Sheriff Tommy Ferrell said it could take two months or more for the process since Hogan would not sign extradition papers.

Briggs and Magyar were arrested in New Orleans on Aug. 11, and Hogan was captured by federal authorities Aug. 13.

Vasser was found dead July 29 in a pond at his home on Morgantown Road. Unofficial autopsy reports show Vasser died from gunshot wounds and authorities said there were signs of a struggle in what they called a &uot;violent crime.&uot;

Through further investigation, authorities later determined Hogan, along with Briggs and Magyar, were using the credit cards stolen from Vasser.

This information from Florida led authorities to these three suspects.