Family speaks out after arrest made in 2006 cold case - WNEM TV 5

No arraignment today in 2006 cold case

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This is an update to the Marie Warren story:

Lapeer County Prosecutor Byron Konschuh told TV5 that the man arrested in connection to Warren's death will not be arraigned on Thursday. The earliest that will happen is 9 a.m. on Friday.

TV5 will be in court and we'll update the story when the suspect is arraigned.


Marie Kenny had lost hope that the brutal murder of her grandmother would ever be solved.

"Not only have they passed away, but they passed away in a horrible way and it was very difficult for everybody," Kenny says as she holds back tears.

Her hopes for justice were restored Wednesday when she learned police finally had a suspect in custody.

But an arrest in the cold case came with a price: re-opening old wounds.

"Having somebody arrested brings all the details back and you kinda relive the murder over again, and the loss," Kenny says.

"I think about it everyday and I love my grandma," says Jason Brace.

On Oct. 1, 2006, Brace, Marie's brother, made the bloody discovery near the home he shared with his 86-year-old grandmother Marie Warren.

"I'm the one that walked in and found it the way it was and it was terrible and it's still in the back of my mind," Brace explains.

Initially, he was even looked at as a suspect.

"To have them accuse and accusations and everybody acting different to you," Brace says made the pain of his grandmother even worse.

Marie Warren was badly beaten and dumped into a ditch. It's a case that shocked that Lapeer County community.

But after nearly five years of dead ends in the case, one detective would not give up on finding the person responsible.

"Lieutenant Gary Parks, he would not take 'no' for answer," says Sheriff Ron Kalanquin. "He was very steadfast and very dogged."

Kalanquin won't say what exactly led investigators to the suspect. He will only point to the fact that DNA evidence gathered at the crime scene matched DNA for someone in the Department of Corrections Criminal DNA Registry.

"When you're convicted of a crime in Michigan, a felony crime, we take a swab of the inside of your cheek," Kalanquin explained.

And now, years after her murder, Marie Warren's family will have a chance to face the person investigators be live took her life.

TV5 asked whether they harbor any hate?

"For me, for healing, I don't need to do that, for me knowing that someone is going to be convicted is enough," says Marie Kenny.

"I think about the good memories of my grandma, I don't think about this stuff that happened, you can't, it's terrible," adds Jason Brace.

As for that suspect, Sheriff's officials will only say that he is 42-years old and is from Sandusky.

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