Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Bessemer, MI: Man in jail for wife’s death

BESSEMER - A Bessemer man remains lodged in Gogebic County Jail today where he is being held without bond on three felonies, including two counts of murder, relating to the disappearance and death of his wife.

Kenneth Wayne Peters, 50, was arrested last week in connection with the death of his wife Ethel Grzena/Peters, 79, of Bessemer, who was reported missing earlier this month.

Grzena/Peters was last seen in Bessemer on the evening of Aug. 3, according to the Gogebic County Sheriff Department. Following an extensive search and investigation, her remains were found in Watersmeet Township on Aug. 13.

The suspect, Peters, was arrested last week and arraigned in Gogebic County District Court on Wednesday. He was officially charged with: first-degree murder/multiple theories which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison without parole; second-degree murder which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison; and abuse of a vulnerable adult, second degree, which carries a maximum punishment of four years in prison and a $5,000 fine. Bond was originally set at $1 million but has since been revoked, according to Sheriff Pete Matonich. The Gogebic County Sheriff Department and the Michigan State Police continue to jointly investigate the case, he added.

Peters' preliminary examination is currently scheduled in district court for Friday, a court official said this morning.

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