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  1. #1
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    Jul 2004

    MI - Boy, 4, is key witness in murders of mom, 8yo sister

    The "mean guy" did it, the witness told police after leading them home, where his mom and big sister were killed.

    But this isn't just any witness.

    He is 4 years old, a curly-haired boy whose life was spared by the "mean guy."

    Jonathon has identified Terrill Bird, the half-brother of Jonathon's father, as the "mean guy," police say.

    The murder investigation began after a neighbor found Jonathon curled up, without shoes or a coat, on the back porch of an abandoned Southeast Side home April 24, four miles from his home. Neighbors heard him crying earlier in the night.

    The boy told police his mother and sister were "fighting someone and that there was blood in the kitchen and his mother was not waking up," according to court documents.

    Jonathon eventually led police to his home at 227 Carrier St. NE. Inside, they found his mother, Melissa Friar, 27, stabbed to death in the kitchen. His sister, 8-year-old Alana Friar, was found suffocated in the bathroom.

    Police allege Bird, 24, killed the two before driving Jonathon to the house on Horton Avenue SE and leaving him there.

    Bird was arrested two months later on murder, kidnapping and auto theft charges. He denied the killings, although he admitted seeing the mother's body and blood in the kitchen, detectives wrote in a court document.
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?

    "Just when the caterpillar thought its world was over, it became a butterfly" ~ Michelle Knight

  2. #2
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    Apr 2013
    From August 2007:


    Defendant appeals as of right his jury trial convictions of two counts of first-degree murder, MCL 750.316, kidnapping, MCL 750.349, and unlawful driving away of a motor vehicle, MCL 750.413. He was convicted on February 6, 2006 following a jury trial and was sentenced as an habitual offender, third offense, MCL 769.11, to life imprisonment without parole for two counts of first-degree murder, life imprisonment with possibility of parole for kidnapping, and 80 to 120 months’ imprisonment for unlawful driving away. We affirm.

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