Prosecutors: Murdered man found behind suspect’s car

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan (WOOD) – A man has been charged with murder after a body was found in his car while he was arrested for stalking, authorities say.

Devon Matthews, 26, is charged with count of first degree murder and felony with a firearm in the death of Richard Jekel69, the Grand Rapids Police Department said.

Information about the murder came to court on Tuesday when Matthews stood before a judge at a bail hearing in a count of aggravated stalking.

Prosecutors said Matthews was out on $100,000 bail after being charged with aggravated stalking from Wyoming and was on a GPS cable when a second aggravated stalking complaint was filed outside of Grand Rapids . Police wanted to arrest him, prosecutors say, and found him armed with a gun outside the home of his stalking victim.

That was June 7th on Horton Avenue SE near the intersection of Alger Street SE and S. Division Avenue.

There, according to the prosecutor in court, officials found a man shot dead in the back of his car.

One weapon Matthews “dumped” was the one used in the murder, prosecutors said.

GRPD said in a press release that cooperation with the Wyoming Police Department on other crimes “led directly to the discovery” of Jekel’s body.

At the hearing, Matthews’ bail was increased from $10,000 to $50,000 in the aggravated stalking case.

https://www.woodtv.com/news/grand-rapids/murder-charge-in-death-of-man-in-grand-rapids/ Prosecutors: Murdered man found behind suspect's car

Dais Johnston

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