By JAMES MITCHELL
Sunday Times Newspapers
TRENTON – The man charged with the strangulation death of 64-year-old George Hite will face felony murder charges after being bound over to Wayne County Circuit Court.
Aaron Marshall, 35, of Detroit was bound over Aug. 3 by 33rd District Court Judge Michael McNally. According to court records Marshall was charged with first-degree, premeditated homicide and felony murder. Both carry potential sentences of life in prison without possibility of parole.
Hite was discovered in his Westwood home on March 11. Director of Police and Fire James Nardone said Marshall was taken into custody soon after, and initially was charged with lying to a peace officer.
Marshall – who was an acquaintance of Hite’s and spent time with him at a Detroit casino – told investigators that he’d never been to the Trenton home that Hite shared with his elderly mother. Police and prosecutors said that cell phone records indicated he had.
Marshall was released in May on $30,000 cash surety bond for the initial charges before being arraigned in June on felony murder charges in 33rd District Court. Police said evidence in Hite’s home was collected that will be presented in court.
Marshall remained in custody without bond pending circuit court arraignment. A preliminary examination of the evidence against him is scheduled for Aug. 10.
(James Mitchell can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.)