Michigan jury: Man guilty of killing mother-in-law

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A man has been found guilty of first-degree murder for killing his mother-in-law with an aluminum baseball bat at a Battle Creek home last year.

A Calhoun County Circuit Court jury on Friday convicted Howard McDonald in the slaying of 69-year-old Joan Roush.

The 50-year-old defendant also was found guilty of assault with a dangerous weapon and first-degree home invasion.

McDonald is to be sentenced Oct. 19. Prosecutor Susan Mladenoff says the murder conviction carries a mandatory life sentence without parole.

Defense attorney Mike Lind had hoped the jury would consider a lesser offense of voluntary manslaughter.

According to the Battle Creek Enquirer. Roush's husband, Robert Roush, says he's "relieved that justice has been done," but noted it would not bring back his "sweetheart."


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