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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Schultz bound over on solicitation charge

Accused murderer Gordon D. Schultz was ordered Tuesday by a Jackson County District judge to stand trial for allegedly hiring a hit man to kill his murdered ex-girlfriend's daughter.

Schultz, who is charged in Isabella County with the murder of Becky Sue MacDonald, whose body was found by police in Midland County's Edenville Township Jan. 23.

State police Detective Sgt. William Eberhardt went undercover in the Southern Michigan Correctional Facility in Jackson, became acquainted with Schultz and learned where MacDonald was buried, according to testimony in Chief Judge R. Darryl Mazur's courtroom.

Schultz allegedly hired Eberhardt to kill Terrie Thrush of Sanford because he believed she was behind the ongoing investigation into her mother's Nov. 11, 2005 disappearance.

Schultz, 45, who is serving time for third-offense domestic violence, is scheduled to be arraigned before Jackson County Circuit Judge John McBain June 5, Jackson County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Mark Blumer said Tuesday.


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