Second Clio woman charged with murder in death of man found in burned Birch Run home
Another Clio woman has been charged with murder in the death of a Birch Run Township man who was found in his burned home. Meanwhile, police are searching for a third suspect who is still at large.
Jordan R. Harrison, 24, was charged with felony murder and armed weapon possession on Wednesday, Oct. 27 at Saginaw County District Judge David D. Hoffman. Felony murder is a life offense, while felony firearm convictions impose statewide sentences of ten years consecutive with any related sentence.
Hoffman denied granting Harrison a bond.
Scott M. Engelhardt, 65, was murdered in the early hours of September 4, 2015. Faith A. Lord, Kyle L. Bostic, and Nolan R. Croton are charged as codefendants in this case, along with Nomar R's wife, Nola R." Lord, 19, is charged with the same charges as Harrison, while Bostic, 24, and Croton, 20, are both charged for first-degree home invasion and accessory after the fact to a felony.
Harrison, Lord, and Bostic all live at the same Clio address, while Croton lives in Flushing.
Deputies and firefighters responded to a fire at Engelhardts single-story home at 11383 S. Block Road about 9:45 am on Oct. 15. Sheriff William L. Federspiel stated that authorities were unable to determine the cause of death due to Engelhardts body being found in the home.
Following an autopsy, Engelhardts death was declared homicide, though police have not revealed the cause of his death, with Federspiel citing the specific nature of it. Despite Lord and Harrison facing a firearm charge, prosecutors couldn't confirm that Engelhardt died from 'gunshot wound'.
They had a firearm when they went in there, and we believe they did so to kill him, but were not releasing the cause of death right now, Federspiel said on Wednesday morning.
Jorden A. Schmitzer, 22, is a fifth suspect, according to the sheriff. Schmitzer is described by investigators as being armed and dangerous.
Schmitzer is being sought on a warrant for felony murder and aggravated firearm possession. Schmitzer is believed to be in the Flint area, according to police.
We need the help of the public in finding him, the sheriff said.
Those with information on Schmitzers whereabouts may contact 989-790-5404 or 911.
Federspiel could not yet offer a motive for the killing.
I dont believe it was, Hey, this looks like a good house to buy, he said. It wasn't random. We believe there is a connection, and we're still trying to piece it together. We believe theres a reason they targeted Mr. Engelhardt, and it wasnt just logical.
He added that the nature of the case, with five suspects involved, is alarming.
Its harrowing to think five people went along with a homicide, he said. Thats alarming. This isnt a crime of passion or merely opulence. This is a cold-blooded crime.
Accelerants found at the scene indicated the fire was deliberately started, according to Federspiel. We believe its going to be declared an arson, he added.
Engelhardts 1998 dark-colored Cadillac DeVille was missing from the property. Engelhardt may have been trying to sell the car, which may or may not have had a license plate on it, according to Federspiel.
The DeVille was found Friday in the Clio area, with the suspects having attempted to set it on fire, according to Federspiel. The car is currently being processed at the Michigan State Police Crime Lab, according to Gomez.
Gomez could not say what connection, if any, the suspects had to Engelhardt.
All four defendants are scheduled to appear for pre-examination conferences at 8:40 a.m. on Nov. 2.
Engelhardt was born in Saginaw and grew up in Birch Run. He lived alone and was confined to a wheelchair.
Scott was a member of the Birch Run United Methodist Church and the Arbor Day Society, according to his obituary. He was an avid collector of treasures such as John Wayne and firearms, the source added.
Engelhardt is survived by three brothers, numerous nieces and nephews, and Bo, his dog. Engelhardt's dog was discovered in a parked van on Engelhartts property, according to Federspiel.
The homicide of Engelhardt is the countys 27th of the year. In 2020, there were 30 homicides in the county.
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