DELTA TWP, MI (WLNS) – Nearly three weeks after 78-year old John Abraham was found dead inside his Eaton County home, two suspects are now facing charges in connection with his death.
While police said the investigation is ongoing, they believe Mr. Abraham had a connection to at least one of the suspects involved in what Eaton County Prosecutor Doug Llyod is calling a “brutal murder.”
The two suspects are 26 year old Andrew Johnson Jr. and 25 year-old Dymond Squires. They were charged with felony murder and breaking into a safe. Crimes that if convicted, they could face up to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Each of their bonds was set at $10 million; during a press conference this afternoon, Lloyd told reporters why he believed it should be set at the high amount.
“The information that we’ve garnered at this point although not complete, has led the officers to believe that if these two defendants were to be out on the streets at this point that they would be leaving town, or leaving the area,” Lloyd said. “As the judge said at arraignment, that’s obviously a concern when you’re dealing with an individual who has a life without parole offense of will they stay around or will they leave. The higher the bond, the more that if they were to receive bond, they will not want to turn around and not forfeit that dollar amount.”
This all happened back on July 5th, at John Abraham’s home in the 4200 block of Oakcrest Dr. in Delta Township.
Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies were called there after a family member found Abraham not breathing.
Investigators later confirmed the 78-year-old died from blunt and sharp force objects to the head and neck.
During a press conference Monday afternoon, Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich said this was a targeted crime as a safe in Abraham’s home was broken into and cash was stolen.
Robert Jenkins who lives next door to Mr. Abraham described him as a friendly, loving and understanding man.
Jenkins said, for something like this to happen in their neighborhood was surprising and even though not convicted, he hopes the charges brought Monday, brings a close to the case for John Abraham’s family.
“It gives me satisfaction about the situation,” Jenkins said. “We were saddened by what happened to him, but we’re glad to know that he went to heaven. It makes you want to be more aware of your own surroundings in people that come into your neighborhood, to keep an eye out, to be alert; it’s sad that things are happening like this in America.”
The two suspects are due back in court August 8th for a preliminary exam.