5.26.16: Michigan man faces murder charge in 2014 death
MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A man charged with killing a jogger in western Michigan in 2014 has appeared in court to hear the accusations against him.
Jeffrey Willis appeared in court Wednesday without an attorney, which is typical at arraignments. The Muskegon County judge entered not guilty pleas on Willis’ behalf. He will get a court-appointed attorney.
The 46-year-old Willis was arrested last week and charged with kidnapping after a 16-year-old girl says he abducted her and she escaped from his van. Now he’s charged with murder in the fatal shooting of Rebekah Bletsch, who was killed while jogging about two years ago.
Police say they’ve connected a gun seized from Willis’ van to Bletsch’s death. Willis is also a suspect in the 2013 disappearance of a gas station clerk, Jessica Heeringa.