Former murder suspect bound over on drug charges

Mar 22, 2016

MANISTIQUE, MI--   A Manistique man once suspected of murder in a triple-homicide case has been bound over to circuit court on felony drug charges.

A preliminary hearing for Kenneth Brunke, 46, was held Tuesday on three counts of delivery of a controlled substance (narcotic or cocaine)—less than 50 grams and conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance (narcotic or cocaine)—450 to 999 grams. 

Brunke was sentenced in February to 40 to 60 months in prison for obstruction of justice and lying to a peace officer.  That was related to the deaths of Jody Hutchinson, Carrie Nelson, and Heather Aldrich, who were found in a burned-out car in Doyle Township last April.

Brunke now faces up to 90 years in prison and a $525,000 fine.

Arraignment is set for April 7 in Schoolcraft County Circuit Court.