An Ottawa County Circuit Court jury took about three hours to find 64-year-old Wendell Earl Popejoy guilty of premeditated, first-degree murder on Monday.
The jury is now deliberating in a neighbor versus neighbor murder trial.
Jurors listened to hours of video-recorded testimony in an Ottawa County courtroom Friday before seeing Wendell Earl Popejoy write a short confession saying that he murdered Sheila Bonge.
A 28-year-old Muskegon man will spend a minimum of six years in prison for having sex with a 15-year-old Spring Lake Township girl three years ago.
Jurors had a lot of questions for a somewhat defiant prosecution witness, Rhonda Clark, on Thursday, the third day of her boyfriend’s murder trial in Ottawa County Circuit Court.
During Wednesday’s testimony, police detectives described the extreme cold and snowy conditions they encountered while searching for the 59-year-old Crockery Township woman. Police also noted how the search for the missing woman quickly changed into a suspicious death investigation.
Wendell Earl Popejoy, 64, is on trial for the murder of his Crockery Township neighbor in late December 2017.
The man had a muzzleloader, brass knuckles and threatened to burn someone’s house down.
Jessica Kreason, 39, remains free on bond until she is sentenced Dec. 12 in Ottawa County Circuit Court.
A confession written by Wendell Earl Popejoy, 64, will be allowed as evidence in the trial, despite a defense request to suppress the document.
A Grand Rapids-area man charged in connection with an incident that appeared he was planning to ambush police along I-96 earlier this summer apologized for his actions prior to being sentenced Monday in Ottawa County Circuit Court.
The man’s latest infraction occurred July 2 on Harbor Drive in Grand Haven.
ArtPrize opened Wednesday. “Masked” can be seen at the B.O.B.
Ottawa County Circuit Judge Jon Hulsing will represent circuit court judges from across the state as the newest member of the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission.
A Holland woman was ordered this week to spend 90 days in jail after she admitted losing control and striking her 9-year-old autistic son multiple times.