A Mid-Michigan man is accused of killing his ex-wife.

Dennis Rich, 63, was arrested Friday, Dec. 7, after 62-year-old Jean Rich was shot to death in Auburn.

Bay County Sheriff Troy Cunningham said the shooting happened on Roberts Street around 7:30 p.m.

When responders arrived, they discovered Jean Rich had been shot multiple times.

Dennis Rich, of Saginaw Township, was taken into custody shortly after the shooting.

"When detectives arrived and spoke with him, I think he was very cooperative with them. At that time they interviewed him and brought him down to the department where the interrogation took place," Cunningham said.

Dennis Rich was lodged in the Bay County Jail. He was arraigned on Monday, Dec. 10.

He remains lodged in jail without bond.

He faces four felony counts including open murder.

The Bay County Sheriff said Jean used a medical alert system to place a call for help.

"She was a nice lady," said Henry Cieslinski, neighbor. "I seen all the police cars out here and then they came to the door and I told them I didn't hear any gunshots or anything like that."

Cieslinski is still in shock over her sudden death.

"She always waves when she comes by the house. She always waved at you. And then she stopped a couple of times and talked to me. So yeah, she was a nice lady all the way around," he said.

Cieslinski said he has a message for Jean's family.

"I'm sorry to hear that happened. And it's too bad because she was always nice and everything else," he said.

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