Posted in Related Deaths2-11-2017 Michigan:
OGEMAW COUNTY, MI -- Police believe the Alger man found dead in his home earlier this month was killed with an ax because he called a man a "pedophile" for his conviction of raping a teen.
The suspect had been living in the Alger home of William Joseph Shanks for about a week before the two got into a dispute over the suspect's criminal history, Ogemaw County Sheriff Howie Hanft said.
"The guy called him a pedophile and he didn't like that, so he killed him," Hanft said.
Hanft said Shanks, 57, was hit in the head with an ax. The homicide occurred sometime between Feb. 1 and Feb. 4 in his home in the 4700 block of Rifle River Trail.
Police were tipped to the homicide by Robert Maxwell, 49, a parole absconder from Flint.