February 22, 2018, 04:35:29 PM *
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
News: NEW CHILD BOARD CREATED IN THE POLITICAL SECTION FOR THE 2016 ELECTION
 
   Home   Help Login Register  
Pages: « 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17   Go Down
  Print  
Author Topic: 25 Year Old Jessica Heeringa Missing Since 4/26/13 in Norton Shores, MI Presumed Deceased  (Read 97410 times)
0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.
grace-land
Monkey Mega Star
******
Offline Offline

Posts: 16518



« Reply #320 on: November 03, 2017, 10:00:01 PM »

http://woodtv.com/2017/11/03/prosecutor-says-more-trials-ahead-for-jeffrey-willis/

Prosecutor says more trials ahead for Jeffrey Willis
Barton Deiters
Published: November 3, 2017, 5:51 pm  |  Updated: November 3, 2017, 6:37 pm
 
Although Willis will be sentenced next month to life in prison without the possibility of parole, this prosecutor believed justice demands convictions in the 2013 presumed homicide of Jessica Heeringa and the attempted abduction of a teenage girl in 2016.

“I don’t see any need whatsoever to get rid of any of the cases against Mr. Willis, in my opinion, he deserves no break,” Hilson said.

Hilson said the family of Jessica Heeringa has been waiting too long for justice and deserves to see Willis convicted in that case.

But with Willis never leaving prison, will there be any incentive for him to cooperate with revealing where her body is located?

“He knows exactly where her body is, whether or not he wants to tell us that or tell anybody that matter, that’s on him and if he did, we would be willing to listen,” Willis said.

After the trial, Willis’s defense attorney Fred Johnson said there are many grounds for an appeal.

“This case is not over, this case is gonna be going on for 10 years. They’re gonna be appealing this stuff,” Johnson said.

Hilson said a year in appeals is more like it.

“We will be certainly ready to respond accordingly,” Hilson said. “I don’t anticipate that taking 10 years.”

Throughout the case, the defense contended that it was Jeffrey Willis’ cousin Kevin Bluhm who killed Rebekah Bletsch.

The prosecution demonstrated to the jury that there was no way Bluhm could have committed the crime.

.Bluhm already admitted lying about the case and now faces trial Nov. 28 on charges of being an accessory after the fact, he faces a maximum of five years in prison

“There’s nothing as of right now anyway, any evidence that suggests he was involved in the Jessica Heeringa murder, so until evidence or leads point us in that direction, It is what it is with Mr. Blum and we’re gonna pursue that charge to the fullest,” Hilson said.

Hilson said when the trial for Heeringa would take place is still some time away.

He said the publicity of the Bletsch trial needs to wane first.

He said the next trial will look very similar to this one.

“The three cases, that being Jessica’s case, Rebekah’s case and MJN’s case are so interconnected, ther’s so many similarities and interconnections you really can’t try one of these cases without introducing evidence form the other two,” Hilson said.

Willis will be back in court Dec. 18, where he will receive the mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Logged
grace-land
Monkey Mega Star
******
Offline Offline

Posts: 16518



« Reply #321 on: November 03, 2017, 10:09:00 PM »

http://www.wzzm13.com/news/local/muskegon/prosecutor-and-lawyer-weigh-in-on-whats-next-for-willis/488824373

Prosecutor and lawyer weigh in on what's next for Willis
Jon Mills, WZZM 5:33 PM. EDT November 03, 2017

 
Muskegon County prosecutor D.J. Hilson is seeking conviction on all the crimes WIllis is charged with

"Whatever Mr. Willis doesn't plead to I will try," Hilson said. A trial for the murder of gas station clerk Jessica Heeringa has not been scheduled. It will likely happen in 2018.

"He knows exactly where her body is," Hilson said. "Whether or not he wants to tell us, we would be willing to listen."

And Hilson expects appeals will be filed. "Anybody convicted in a jury trial has the automatic right to an appeal at the court of appeals level," Hilson said. "We will certainly be ready to respond accordingly."
 
Logged
grace-land
Monkey Mega Star
******
Offline Offline

Posts: 16518



« Reply #322 on: November 29, 2017, 03:53:59 PM »

http://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/index.ssf/2017/11/kevin_bluhm_enters_plea_in_jes.html

Kevin Bluhm enters plea in Jessica Heeringa murder case
Updated Nov 28, 6:59 AM; Posted Nov 27

MUSKEGON COUNTY, MI - Jeffrey Willis' cousin, Kevin Bluhm, has pleaded no contest to being an accessory after Jessica Heeringa's murder.

Bluhm entered the plea in Muskegon County Circuit Court Nov. 27, according to Matt Roberts, chief trial attorney for the Muskegon County Prosecutor's Office.

Bluhm was accused of knowing Willis had committed murder and/or kidnapping and that he protected Willis from law enforcement. The charge is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.

Bluhm's trial was set to begin Tuesday. His plea is not an admission of guilt, but is treated as such at sentencing.
 
Logged
grace-land
Monkey Mega Star
******
Offline Offline

Posts: 16518



« Reply #323 on: November 29, 2017, 04:00:48 PM »

http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2017/11/28/man-charged-jessica-heeringa-plea/900510001/

Cousin of man charged in Jessica Heeringa's death enters plea
Published 7:22 a.m. ET Nov. 28, 2017

MUSKEGON — A cousin of a man charged in the slaying of a 25-year-old western Michigan gas station clerk is expected to avoid additional jail time for helping him afterward.

Kevin Bluhm pleaded no contest Monday to being an accessory after the fact of murder. He's been jailed since September 2016 on the charge. A no contest plea isn't an admission of guilt but is treated as such for sentencing, which is scheduled Jan. 9.
 
Logged
grace-land
Monkey Mega Star
******
Offline Offline

Posts: 16518



« Reply #324 on: December 11, 2017, 08:58:23 PM »

http://fox17online.com/2017/12/08/prosecutor-jeffrey-willis-to-be-tried-for-heeringa-murder-in-march-2018/

Prosecutor: Jeffrey Willis to be tried for Heeringa murder in March 2018
Posted 4:48 PM, December 8, 2017, by Bob Brenzing, Updated at 04:51PM, December 8, 2017

MUSKEGON, Mich. – The murder case of Jessica Heeringa will go to trial in March 2018, almost five years since she disappeared from a Norton Shores gas station.

Muskegon County Prosecutor DJ Hilson tells FOX 17 that the trial of Jeffrey Willis will begin on March 6, 2018 at the Muskegon County Courthouse.  Hilson says he expects the trial to last about 12 days.

Willis was convicted of the 2014 killing of Rebekah Bletsch in November.  He is to be sentenced on December 18 for that murder.  Willis is also accused of abducting a teen in 2016.  He has not yet been tried for that crime.
 
Logged
grace-land
Monkey Mega Star
******
Offline Offline

Posts: 16518



« Reply #325 on: December 20, 2017, 07:02:16 PM »

 
http://woodtv.com/2017/12/18/willis-blows-kiss-leaves-court-before-bletsch-murder-sentence/

Willis blows kiss, leaves court before Bletsch murder sentence
Published: December 18, 2017, 10:19 am  |  Updated: December 18, 2017, 6:26 pm

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — Jeffrey Willis was sentenced Monday morning for the murder of Rebekah Bletsch, but not before an unusual exit from a Muskegon courtroom.

Shortly after Willis entered the courtroom, he asked to leave
.

Muskegon County Prosecutor D.J. Hilson called the request “unprecedented,” but Judge William Marietti pointed out there is no law that requires Willis to be present for his sentencing.

“It’s unfortunate that he’s choosing this cowardly way of doing it. That certainly he’s been convicted, the family deserves the right to address the court which they intend to do and they also in some respects deserve the right to address the person convicted of killing their daughter and sister. But, that being said, whatever the court decides, the court decides,” said Hilson.

As Willis was being escorted out, he turned and blew a kiss to the people in the courtroom, some of which were calling him a coward.
 
The judge sentenced Willis to life in prison without the possibility of parole for felony first-degree murder as well as a consecutive three-year sentence on a felony firearm charge.
 
The judge declined to comment during Willis’ sentencing because of the defendant’s pending cases in the kidnapping and murder of Jessica Heeringa and the attempted abduction of a 16-year-old girl.
 
In March, Willis will be back in court to stand trial for Heeringa’s disappearance and death. She vanished from a gas station in Norton Shores during her shift on the night of April 26, 2013.

Her body has never been found, but prosecutors say a file titled “VICS” found on one of Willis’ hard drives and containing a subfolder labeled with Heeringa’s initials and a code indicating the date of her disappearance is evidence she’s dead. Another subfolder in that “VICS” file was labeled with Bletsch’s name and a code for the date of her death.

Bletsch’s family also wants Willis’ cousin, Kevin Bluhm, locked up. Bluhm was arrested for lying to police and eventually pleaded no contest to being an accessory after the fact in Heeringa’s murder. Bluhm told police he helped Willis dispose of Heeringa’s body, then told investigators he lied.

Bluhm will be sentenced in January.
 
Logged
cw618
Monkey Junky
***
Offline Offline

Posts: 4939



« Reply #326 on: December 21, 2017, 12:26:16 PM »

thank you for the updates grace-land
Logged

goodmorn,goodnite, got to go, as always its been wonderful, talking with you, and most of all have a great day, and dont forget to smile
grace-land
Monkey Mega Star
******
Offline Offline

Posts: 16518



« Reply #327 on: January 15, 2018, 11:17:57 PM »

thank you for the updates grace-land

 

You're welcome, cw618!
Logged
grace-land
Monkey Mega Star
******
Offline Offline

Posts: 16518



« Reply #328 on: January 15, 2018, 11:23:40 PM »

http://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/index.ssf/2018/01/kevin_bluhm_walks_free_for_his.html

Kevin Bluhm walks free for his role in Jessica Heeringa's murder
Updated Jan 9; Posted Jan 9

MUSKEGON COUNTY, MI - Jeffrey Willis' cousin, Kevin Bluhm, was to be set free Tuesday following sentencing for his involvement in the murder of Jessica Heeringa.

But he won't be free from prying eyes, as he will be required to wear an electronic GPS tether to monitor his whereabouts for at least a year.

Bluhm, 49, was sentenced Jan. 9 by Muskegon County Circuit Judge William C. Marietti to time he has already served in the Muskegon County Jail, where he has been lodged since Sept. 20, 2016.

Marietti also ordered Bluhm to serve the maximum of five years probation and to wear the monitor, which the judge said he would review in a year. Matt Roberts, chief trial attorney for the Muskegon County Prosecutor's Office, requested the tether, saying Bluhm may have information about where Heeringa's body is located.

Bluhm, dressed in jailhouse blues, sat with his back to the gallery, which included his wife and daughter.

Bluhm pleaded no contest on Nov. 27, 2017, to being an accessory after the fact in the murder of Heeringa, who disappeared in April 2013 from her night job at a Norton Shores gas station. Willis has been charged in her murder, and the trial is scheduled for early March.
 

Logged
grace-land
Monkey Mega Star
******
Offline Offline

Posts: 16518



« Reply #329 on: January 23, 2018, 09:28:46 PM »

http://www.wzzm13.com/news/local/muskegon/williss-next-trial-in-march-may-be-delayed-judge-to-decide/508891507

Willis's next trial in March may be delayed, judge to decide
5:55 PM. EST January 17, 2018

MUSKEGON, MICH. - The man who's serving a life prison sentence for the death of Muskegon County mother Rebekah Bletsch is scheduled to go to trial for the death of store clerk Jessica Heeringa in March.

However, a new motion filed in the case could delay the trial for weeks, if not months.
 
The motion may delay the trial scheduled to begin on March 6.

Johnson says he and other attorneys at the public defenders office have too much to review before trial. Johnson is also waiting for transcripts from Willis' first trial.
 
Muskegon County Prosecutor D.J. Hilson say he opposes the motion, will ask the judge to deny it, and he'll continue preparing for the trial to start in March.

Judge Marietti will hear the motion on Jan. 26 at 10 a.m.
Logged
grace-land
Monkey Mega Star
******
Offline Offline

Posts: 16518



« Reply #330 on: January 23, 2018, 09:34:18 PM »

http://www.wzzm13.com/news/local/muskegon/prosecutors-seek-to-combine-willis-criminal-cases/509246344

Prosecutors seek to combine Willis criminal cases
6:05 PM. EST January 18, 2018

MUSKEGON, MICH. - Muskegon prosecutors are asking a judge to put two outstanding cases together against convicted killer Jeffrey Willis.

County Prosecutor DJ Hilson is asking a judge to join the case of the April 2013 kidnapping and murder of Jessica Heeringa in Norton Shores, and the 2016 attempted abduction of a 16-year-old girl north of Muskegon.

Prosecutors are arguing the crimes are the continuation of a pattern of behavior by Willis. Prosecutors say that pattern also fit Willis' murder of Rebekah Bletsch in 2014.
 

Logged
grace-land
Monkey Mega Star
******
Offline Offline

Posts: 16518



« Reply #331 on: January 26, 2018, 10:12:55 PM »

http://woodtv.com/2018/01/26/judge-delays-willis-trial-for-jessica-heeringa-murder/

Judge delays Willis trial for Jessica Heeringa murder
Published: January 26, 2018, 11:51 am  |  Updated: January 26, 2018, 6:46 pm

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — Convicted murderer Jeffrey Willis will have more time to prepare for his trial in the April 2013 kidnapping and murder of Jessica Heeringa.

In a 15-minute hearing on Friday, Judge William Marietti agreed to delay Willis’ trial, which was slated to start March 6. It’s now expected to begin in early May, which was the time period public defender Fred Johnson was requesting.
 
Hilson wants to move forward faster — so he again filed a motion to combine the Heeringa murder case and the attempted abduction of a teen girl in 2016 into one trial. Hilson said much of the evidence against Willis in those cases is the same.

>>Inside woodtv.com:  Complete coverage of the Jeffrey Willis investigation

Marietti previously denied the same request before the Bletsch trial.

“It just makes sense,” Hilson said. “It’s going to become harder and harder to find individuals in Muskegon County who can objectively view the evidence.”

Johnson, on the other hand, wants to keep the two trials separate.

“This isn’t about economy — this isn’t about efficiency. This is about justice. And if takes multiple trials to get justice in this matter, that’s what we should do,” Johnson said.

Marietti is expected to rule on whether or not to combine the cases sometime within the next few weeks.
 
http://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/index.ssf/2018/01/jeffrey_willis_trial_delayed_f.html
Jeffrey Willis' trial delayed for murder of Jessica Heeringa
Updated 10:40 AM; Posted 10:11 AM
Logged
grace-land
Monkey Mega Star
******
Offline Offline

Posts: 16518



« Reply #332 on: February 09, 2018, 08:55:56 PM »

http://woodtv.com/2018/02/04/willis-claims-innocence-im-not-going-quietly/

Willis claims innocence: ‘I’m not going quietly’
Jeffrey Willis changed passwords to 'JLH42713' after Jessica Heeringa vanished
Heather Walker, Target 8 investigator
Published: February 4, 2018, 11:56 pm  |  Updated: February 5, 2018, 12:07 am

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — When asked if he is a serial killer, Jeffrey Willis laughed.

“No,” he told Target 8.

But if convicted in May of the murder of Jessica Heeringa, Willis will meet the FBI’s definition of one: someone guilty of killing at least two people in separate events.

Three times of the course of three days, Willis spoke to Target 8 from the Bellamy Creek Correctional Facility in Ionia, where he’s being held on a life sentence for the murder of Rebekah Bletsch.

The interviews were scheduled after Willis reached out to Target 8, claiming in a letter that he’s innocent, that he was framed in both murder cases and that he has proof. The conversations took place over the phone because that was the only way the prison would allow Target 8 to record them.

When asked if he killed Heeringa, Willis replied, “No.” When asked if he had anything to do with her 2013 disappearance, he again replied, “No.”
 
Logged
Pages: « 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17   Go Up
  Print  
 
Jump to:  

Use of this web site in any manner signifies unconditional acceptance, without exception, of our terms of use.
Powered by SMF 1.1.13 | SMF © 2006-2011, Simple Machines LLC
 
Page created in 0.284 seconds with 21 queries.