Man arraigned in Tuscola County double homicide - WNEM TV 5

Man arraigned in Tuscola County double homicide

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Wendy Brodick Wendy Brodick
Adam Balcer Adam Balcer

Family members are mourning while investigators are trying to piece together what led to a double homicide in Tuscola County.

The first homicide happened on Friday, March 30 in the 9800 block of Boucher in Watertown Township. Lt. David Kaiser said troopers responded to the home and found 45-year-old Peter Brodick, Jr. dead from gunshot wounds.

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On Sunday, April 1, the investigation led detectives to a silo in Millington Township where a 55-year-old woman was found dead. The woman was identified as Wendy Brodick, the other victim’s stepmother.

Lt. Kaiser said troopers interviewed a person of interest and took him into custody.

The 36-year-old suspect, now identified as Adam Michael Balcer, was arraigned Tuesday on 17 counts, including two counts of open murder. 

Now, Peter Brodrick is left mourning the loss of his estranged wife and son. Though Peter Brodrick and his wife were going through a divorce, Wendy and Brodrick Jr. were roommates living in a cottage.

Balcer rented property from them.

"At any rate it's senseless," Peter Brodrick said. "[Brodrick, Jr.] was just innocent bystander. I'd like to think he was killed because he was protecting my wife."

Local police said they believe the killings were tied to a dispute with a tenant who was behind on paying rent.

"We rent houses out," Brodrick said. "He was $1,800 behind in rent. She had to evict him."

Chris Denniston, Wendy’s sister, flew in from California to help search when she went missing on Friday. She said her sister would design artwork to sell to raise money for animals. 

"This is a tragic irony," said Chris Denniston, Wendy's sister. "Because my sister was all about love. We all can feel things but she went above and beyond that and would actually help people, she did things to express her love."

Denniston said the news that they found her sister's body on Sunday was devastating.

"I'm grateful that we're not still searching for her, but I have no words for the loss," Denniston said. 

Balcer is being held in the Tuscola County Jail on a $2 million bond.

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