SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (TCD) — A 41-year-old man allegedly fatally strangled his mother-in-law in her home last week.
On Thursday, Oct. 12, at approximately 2:47 p.m., the Shelby Township police and fire departments responded to a home on the 14000 block of Stoney Brook West Drive, where they found 79-year-old Stella Lopiccolo Maltese deceased. Police determined her death was “suspicious.”
Police conducted several search warrants and interviews, which led to them to arrest Kenneth McDonald hours after his mother-in-law was found dead.
According to the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office, McDonald was charged with second-degree murder, which means he could face up to life in prison. He was arraigned Oct. 16 and was denied bond.
McDonald is set to appear in court for a probable cause hearing Monday, Oct. 30.
In a statement, Macomb County Prosecutor Peter Lucido said, “A son-in-law is expected to show respect to his mother-in-law, just as he would to his own mother. We are committed to ensuring justice prevails in this case.”
The investigation is ongoing.