Kenneth Brunke

MANISTIQUE, MI--   A Manistique man serving time in connection with a Doyle Township triple homicide has been sentenced on cocaine delivery charges. 

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says Kenneth Brunke, 47, was given 225 to 360 months in prison Thursday. He had pleaded no contest in March to delivery of cocaine—1,000 or more grams, conspiracy to deliver cocaine—1,000 or more grams, and delivery of a controlled substance—less than 50 grams.

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. 

MANISTIQUE, MI--   A Manistique man has been sentenced for his role in a Schoolcraft County triple murder, and has received additional charges. 

Kenneth Brunke, 46, was sentenced to 40 to 60 months in prison for obstruction of justice and lying to a peace officer. 

He has said he was not involved in the killing of Jody Hutchinson, Carrie Nelson, or Heather Aldrich, whose bodies were found in a burned-out car last April in Doyle Township.

MANISTIQUE, MI--   The third suspect in the Schoolcraft County triple homicide has been bound over to circuit court.  

Garry Cordell, 47, of Manistique is charged with three counts each of open murder, conspiracy to commit open murder, first-degree murder, and unlawful imprisonment in connection with the deaths of Jody Hutchinson, Heather Aldrich, and Carrie Nelson in April.

MANISTIQUE, Mich. (AP) — Murder charges have been dismissed against one defendant in the deaths of three people whose bodies were found in a burned-out car in the Upper Peninsula.

The Daily Press of Escanaba reported Friday that other charges against 46-year-old Kenneth Brunke also were dismissed in 93rd District Court in Manistique.

Brunke did plead guilty to two new charges -- obstruction of justice and lying to a peace officer -- and will be sentenced December 10th.

MANISTIQUE, MI--   The preliminary exam for a suspect in a Schoolcraft County triple homicide did not go forward Wednesday. 

Garry Cordell, 46, of Manistique is charged with three counts each of open murder, conspiracy to commit open murder, first-degree murder, and unlawful imprisonment in connection with the deaths of Jody Hutchinson, Heather Aldrich, and Carrie Nelson in April.

MANISTIQUE, MI--   State Police have arrested two more people in connection with the triple murder in Schoolcraft County.

Troopers from the St. Ignace Post say they’ve apprehended Garry Cordell, 46, and Marietta Carlson, 28—both of Manistique—on multiple charges related to the deaths of Jody Hutchinson, Carrie Nelson, and Heather Aldrich in April.  Cordell and Carlson had been held on unrelated charges prior to their most recent arrest. 

MANISTIQUE, MI--   A Manistique man arrested in Illinois for a triple murder in Schoolcraft County is back in Michigan. 

Kenneth Brunke, 45, is charged in the deaths of Jody Hutchinson, Heather Aldrich, and Carrie Nelson, whose bodies were found in a burned-out car in Doyle Township April 17.

Brunke will be arraigned in Schoolcraft County District Court Friday.  He may be joined by other suspects in the case, but officials won’t say for certain.  

MANISTIQUE, MI--   An unidentified man says three people found in a burned-out car in Schoolcraft County were killed in a drug deal gone bad. 

The Manistique Pioneer Tribune reports an unnamed drug dealer has confessed to being an accomplice in the murders of Jody Hutchinson, Carrie Nelson and Heather Aldrich, whose remains were found in Doyle Township April 17.

WEST FRANKFORT, IL--   Illinois police have arrested a Manistique man in connection with the deaths of three people whose bodies were found in a burned-out car in Schoolcraft County. 

Kenneth Daniel Brunke, 45, was taken into custody Sunday by officers in West Frankfort, Illinois following 24-hour-a-day surveillance on a residence there.