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Sheriff: Son arrested in father's murder

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SAGINAW COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

A Mid-Michigan man is dead and his son has been arrested in connection with his death.

The Saginaw County Sheriff’s Department was called to the 13700 block of S. Merrill Road in Saginaw County's Marion Township about 1 p.m. on Dec. 4.

That’s when they found David Erdmann, 60, dead. He had been stabbed and shot multiple times.

His son, Patrick Erdmann, 39, has been arrested in connection with his death, according to Saginaw County Sheriff Bill Federspiel.

"It was a brutal crime," Federspiel said.

The 39-year-old is expected to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon.

Investigators said Patrick Erdmann was arrested on I-94 in Ann Arbor on Dec. 4 for driving the wrong-way. He almost hit a state trooper, police said.

His arrest came a day after an argument broke out between him, his father David, and his mother. David Erdmann had called 911 following that argument on Dec. 3 after his wife and son left the house and didn’t return.

David Erdmann wasn’t heard from again.

The victim's wife was found Sunday afternoon unharmed at her son's home on the 1500 block of W. Gary Road in Saginaw County.

"We're still trying to determine where she went and where the son went. We know that when we arrived at the home at 10:30 that night, neither the mom nor Patrick were there. Where they were is another story entirely and we are still investigating that," Federspiel said.

The incident has neighbors on edge.

"I'm shaking right now because it's scary. I've lived here my whole life and I have never ever had to witness that," said Jessica Sperling, who lives next door to the victim.

"I'm 100 yards away from where there was just a murder. Like now what? That's not cool," Sperling said.

Her fiance Trent Liles said he just saw the victim a few days ago.

"Every day that I'm out there I'd see him trotting on by to go get a deer and it's kind of weird knowing that he's not going to be out there again," Liles said.

As for Sperling, she said the tranquility of the quiet area along S. Merrill Road has been shattered.

"My kids aren't going to like me. I'm going to be more uptight, more cautious, much more cautious. It proves that you really don't know your surroundings," Sperling said.

The incident remains under investigation.  At this time, the victim's wife is not considered a suspect.

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