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Woman to stand trial in death of granddaughter

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A grandmother will soon stand trial for the death of her teenage granddaughter.

Lois Janish, 74, was charged last year with murder in the death of 14-year-old Coral Hall, whose body has yet not been found.

According to the cold case investigation led by Detective Sergeant Gregory Hosmer of the Flint Police Department, Hall was last seen or heard from on September 22, 1998.

Authorities said on that date, Hall had allegedly called a friend asking if she could stay at the friend's home. The friend told police that the two were to meet at a pre-arranged location but that Hall never showed up.

Another childhood friend of Hall's made a similar statement that Hall had called her also around that time to say she had been fighting with her grandmother and wanted to come over to stay at that friend's house. That second friend also said Hall never arrived. 

Other friends of Hall told investigators that around that same time, Hall was never seen again by any of them.

Leyton said Hall had been living with her grandmother and her grandmother's boyfriend on Ann Arbor Street in Flint at the time of her disappearance.

The ruling comes after a Genesee County judge found the woman competent to stand trial.

Prosecutors say the teen went missing after saying she'd been fighting with her grandmother. A detective says Janish admits beating her teenage granddaughter to death with a hammer, then dismembering and scattering the remains 15 years ago. She says she and her now-dead boyfriend dismembered her.

A hearing for Janish is scheduled for May 12.

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