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The Michigan Supreme Court is set to hear a high-profile case about a man who fatally shot a woman who banged on his door following a late-night car crash in suburban Detroit. Ted Wafer was convicted of second-degree murder after shooting 19-year-old Renisha McBride on his Dearborn Heights porch in 2013. The issue for the Supreme Court on Thursday is jury instructions.

A man has been sentenced to 28 to 90 years in prison for a shooting at a Grand Rapids party that killed one person and injured eight others. Twenty-one-year-old Jokari Lowery learned his sentence Thursday after pleading no contest to second-degree murder for killing 21-year-old Juwan Boykin on Oct. 9. 

Federal prosecutors say a former Serbian militia member charged with killing a Bosnian Muslim couple in 1994 faces up to 10 years in prison and losing his U.S. citizenship after lying to obtain it. They say 57-year-old Alexander Kneginich of Crown Point, Indiana, was convicted Friday of fraudulently obtaining U.S. citizenship in 2007 by denying he had ever been charged with a crime while he faced murder charges in Bosnia and Herzegovina stemming from the slayings during the Bosnian conflict. 

Man, 20, gets life for slaying on Grand Rapids campus

Aug 17, 2017

A 20-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing a 34-year-old homeless woman on a western Michigan college campus. Marcus Bivins learned his sentence Wednesday after being found guilty of first-degree murder last month in the April 2016 death of 34-year-old Jeanne Huntoon of Muskegon.

Trial ordered for man charged in death of 4-year-old boy

Aug 9, 2017

A 25-year-old western Michigan man has been ordered to stand trial in the beating death of his girlfriend's 4-year-old son. A Grand Rapids judge found enough evidence Tuesday to order trial for Elis Nelson Ortiz-Nieves. He's charged with felony murder and first-degree child abuse in the June death of Giovanni Mejias in Gaines Township.

A suspect in two slayings in Michigan who was arrested after he surrendered to police in Indiana now faces charges in both deaths. Murder and other charges were authorized Wednesday against 32-year-old Zachary Patten in Kalamazoo County District Court in the July 20 fatal shooting of 31-year-old Graciela Portillo-Esparza.

Authorities say a 52-year-old man walked into law enforcement offices in southwestern Michigan and confessed to killing a woman a few days earlier. Police in Niles say the man approached a dispatcher on Monday at the Niles Law Enforcement Complex and said he had committed a crime. 

Pet parrot key witness in murder conviction

Jul 20, 2017

A jury has convicted a western Michigan woman of first-degree murder in the shooting death of her husband in a crime apparently witnessed by the man's pet parrot. The Newaygo County jury deliberated about eight hours before finding 49-year-old Glenna Duram guilty Wednesday of killing 46-year-old Martin Duram. He was shot five times in May 2015. 

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A western Michigan man has pleaded not guilty to murder and child abuse charges in the death of his 14-month-old stepdaughter.

Twenty-nine-year-old Wayne Arthur-Scott Brown of Newaygo was arraigned on the charges Friday in Newaygo County District Court.

Laylah Heether died Tuesday after being hospitalized for a week. She had been found unresponsive at home with Brown.

Investigators say she died of injuries associated with child abuse.

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A judge has ordered a man to stand trial in circuit court in the slaying of a 34-year-old woman on the Grand Rapids Community College campus in western Michigan.

Marcus Bivins' preliminary hearing was held Thursday. The 19-year-old Bivins is charged with first-degree murder.

Jeanne Huntoon of Muskegon was beaten and stabbed to death in April. Her body was found near bushes at the school.

A witness reported seeing a man dragging what appeared to be a body near a main building and parking ramp. Authorities have called the attack a random assault.

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