2010-08-26 / News

15-year-old faces murder charges

CROSWELL — Croswell Police Chief Dave Hall will seek murder charges against the 15- year-old Imlay Township youth who is the prime suspect in the Aug. 15 murder of Jennifer Gonzael.

The 24-year-old mother of two young children was stabbed multiple times in her residence at the Croswell Manor Apartments on Aug. 15.

“This is definitely a vicious crime, that’s up close and personal,” said Hall. “It showed a tremendous amount of rage.

Hall added, “The evidence shows this person was not suffering from some type of disorder, that he was aware of what he did.”

According to the chief, the suspect “contacted his mother and got a ride out of here ... She picked him up” and drove him to their home north of Imlay City.

“There were indications of blood on the suspect’s clothing (when the mother arrived in Croswell),” and the suspect allegedly told her that he may have killed a woman. The mother notified authorities in Lapeer County around 6 a.m. Lapeer sheriff’s deputies apprehended the teenager in woods near his house.

Hall expects to have a warrant issued for the teenager’s arrest by the end of the month. He has been discussing the case with the Sanilac County prosecutor, and plans to interview the suspect this week. In the meantime, the youth is being held in a juvenile detention center on probation violations out of Lapeer County. He is scheduled for a hearing on the violations Sept. 9.

Hall said he expects Sanilac County authorities will request the teenager, who is under the jurisdiction of the Lapeer County probate court, be waived for trial as an adult in Sanilac County.

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