MI driver with sick fetish of having sex with dead woman deliberately struck, killed retiree: report

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A Michigan man charged with the murder of a retired nurse allegedly may have been engaged in a ghastly and unspeakable act with the corpse, according to purported new evidence disclosed by authorities in a pending case.

Suspect Colby Martin, 29, was initially charged with manslaughter with a motor vehicle and other charges in the tragic hit-and-run death of the 64-year-old grandmother who was out for a walk in late September 2021 before the court added the additional, far more serious charge after investigators continued to probe the incident.

In an arraignment last week in which his $300,000 bond was revoked, “Van Buren County District Court Judge Michael McKay said probable cause was established for open murder since evidence showed Martin intentionally struck the women, took her body and engaged in sexual acts with the body,” CBS affiliate WWMT of Kalamazoo, Mich., reported. “‘The probable cause is he struck her with the vehicle, so he can do those acts,’ McKay said.”

Detectives claim that after striking her with his vehicle, Martin allegedly moved Melody Rohrer’s body to a secluded wooded area and that he subsequently led them to the body the day after the Rohrer’s husband reported her missing.

“Martin’s cell phone search history showed he searched for pornography involving dead or unconscious women immediately after Rohrer was reported missing…Detectives also said Martin and Rohrer’s DNA were linked to condoms recovered in Martin’s vehicle and a trashcan near his home.” the news outlet added.

When they first made contact with the suspect at a Walmart parking lot, cops allegedly noticed substantial front-end damage on his Ford F-150 truck.

He allegedly had Rohrer’s cell phone in his possession at the time.

Martin’s lawyer said that the evidence doesn’t justify the murder charge.

The investigation is ongoing. Martin, who is in custody in the Van Buren County, Mich., jail,  is due back in court on March 15.

“This is a very sensitive case with a lot of technical information, reconstruction information, lab work … which requires a lot of time to put together. I can tell you from the time this incident happened the case has been worked on hard with a lot of man hours invested,” Van Buren County Sheriff Daniel Abbott said.

Van Buren County prosecutor Kirk Metzger added about the allegations that “I think he represents the most extreme danger to the public. Chilling doesn’t begin to describe it.”

Criminal law rules vary from state to state. The open murder charge under Michigan law generally means that the court system leaves it up to a jury to determine first- or second-degree murder  — assuming there is sufficient evidence that a case ever gets that far. First-degree murder generally requires a finding of premeditation, i.e., a planning of the crime.

All suspects are presumed innocent until or unless they are convicted in a court of law of any alleged crimes.


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