Oakland County's chief medical examiner says a 55-year-old Troy man found dead in a cornfield was struck in the head at least four times with an "oblong blunt object" like a pipe or baseball bat.
Dr. L.J. Dragovic testified Monday during a probable cause hearing for 22-year-old Patrick Mikes Jr., who is charged with murder in his father's death and faces up to life in prison if tried and convicted. Patrick Mikes Jr. pleaded not guilty and remains jailed.
Prosecutors say the son dumped Patrick Mikes Sr.'s body in Genesee County's Montrose Township. The body was found Aug. 10.
After several hours of testimony Monday, a district court judge said he'll hear closing arguments Oct. 1 and decide whether to send the case against Patrick Mikes Jr. to circuit court.