ALLEGAN, MI (AP) – Authorities say a 32-year-old man fatally shot a woman and her two children before returning to their mobile home in western Michigan and setting it ablaze.
Corey LaValley was arraigned Thursday on three counts of open murder, second-degree arson and gun possession charges. No lawyer was listed for LaValley.
The bodies of 33-year-old Debra Sheppard; her 12-year-old daughter, Emma McComber; and son Corey LaValley Jr. were found Tuesday in Dorr Township, southwest of Grand Rapids. Corey LaValley Jr., a fifth-grader, was LaValley’s and Sheppard’s son.
The sheriff’s department says LaValley and Sheppard had dated and lived together. The victims are believed to have been shot Monday evening and the fire was set the next day.
LaValley was arrested 65 miles away in Eaton County.