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Latest Benzie County Trials News
Mom Who Tried To Kill Her Autistic Daughter Pleads Guilty To Child Abuse
Michigan
Kelli Stapleton, a Northern Michigan mom who tried to kill her autistic daughter Isabelle and herself, has pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of first-degree child abuse, MSN is reporting. In a plea entered Tuesday morning in Benzie County Circuit Court, Mrs. Stapleton avoided a trial for attempted murder. Nevertheless, she is still facing life Mom Who Tried To Kill Her Autistic Daughter Pleads ...
September 03 2014
Michigan woman pleads guilty in newborn's death
Illinois
BEULAH, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Chicago woman accused of killing her newborn at a northern Michigan campground has pleaded guilty to manslaughter. Alyce Morales made the plea Tuesday in Benzie County Circuit Court. In exchange, a murder charge was dropped.
August 29 2014
Mother Testifies In Benzie County Attempted Murder Case
Michigan
For the first time, we hear from a Benzie County mother accused of trying to kill her daughter.
August 22 2014
Motorist killed in crash ID'd
Troy, michigan
TRAVERSE CITY — A motorist killed in an accident on U.S. 31 in Benzie County is identified as Zachariah Pyles. Pyles, 29, of Thompsonville, was driving a Ford Focus on the highway near Fairway Lane, north of Beulah, on Friday at 2:40 p.m. when his ca
July 15 2014
Stapleton Hearing Allows Criminal Responsibility Evaluation
Cadillac, Michigan
A Benzie County woman was back in court Tuesday. Kelli Stapleton's attorneys filed a notice of insanity, which questions her mental state at the time police say she tried to kill herself and her daughter.
February 10 2014
Kelli Stapleton Declared Mentally Competent
Lake, Michigan
We can update you on a Benzie County attempted murder case. Today, Kelli Stapleton was declared mentally competent to stand trial. The mother was arrested for the attempted murder of her 14-year-old
January 10 2014
Preliminary Hearing Sends Newborn Death Case To Circuit Court
Cadillac, Michigan
Alyce Morales' preliminary hearing went for several hours Thursday afternoon in a Benzie County courtroom. In the end, a judge determined there is enough probable cause and the case has been bound over
November 08 2013
Stapleton To Keep Parental Rights
Lansing, Michigan
In a Benzie County family courtroom a judge ruled in favor of Kelli Stapleton - for the sake of her children. After police arrested Stapleton for the attempted murder of her 14-year-old daughter Isabelle,
October 05 2013
Thompsonville man killed in crash
Thompsonville, michigan
One Benzie County resident died and another was critically injured in a two-vehicle accident.
October 05 2013
Benzie Co. Senior Care Facility Getting Back On Budget
Michigan
The Maples Senior Care Facility in Benzie County says they've had to tighten their belt to stay profitable. The county gave the facility a subsidy earlier this year so they could continue to operate. After
October 04 2013
Charges loom for Benzie woman in murder-suicide attempt
Traverse City, michigan
A Benzie County woman who for years desperately battled insurance companies and bureaucrats to secure help for her acutely autistic, physically abusive daughter could face charges of trying to kill the girl in a failed murder-suicide attempt.
September 20 2013
Benzie County mother accused of attempted murder-suicide of 14-year-old autistic daughter
Michigan
A northern Michigan mother — who had chronicled in an online blog the challenges her family faced caring for their autistic 14-year-old daughter — has been charged in a warrant with attempted murder in what police believe was a failed attempt at killing herself and the girl.
September 20 2013
UPDATE: Benzie County Attempted Murder-Suicide Family Statement
Wilson, Michigan
Michigan State Police are investigating an attempted murder-suicide in Benzie County.  A 45 year old Elberta woman attempted to kill herself and her family member Tuesday, August 3.  Benzie County Deputies
September 14 2013
State Police: Mother to be Charged With Attempted Murder of Daughter With Autism
Michigan
BENZIE COUNTY, Mich. — A Benzie County woman will face attempted murder charges Friday for allegedly trying to kill her 14-year-old daughter with autism. Kelli Stapleton, 45, was placed under arrest Thursday while hospitalized with carbon monoxide poisoning. She was …
September 13 2013
Police: Mom tried to poison autistic daughter
Michigan
A 14-year-old autistic Michigan girl whose mother allegedly tried to poison her with carbon monoxide in a murder-suicide attempt is recovering well, authorities said Tuesday. Isabelle Stapleton is "awake" and "responding," according to Sara Swanson, Benzie County prosecuting attorney, after being in critical care for carbon monoxide poisoning following a grisly incident last week in which her ...
September 10 2013
Suicide concerns for jailed Benzie woman
Michigan
An Elberta woman accused of trying to kill her daughter in a failed murder-suicide attempt is separated from other inmates in Benzie County’s jail because of concerns she’d harm herself.
September 07 2013
Autistic teen's mom charged with attempted murder
Detroit, Michigan
In a photo provided by the Benzie County sheriff, Kelli Stapleton is shown in a booking photo. / AP DETROIT -- "I have to admit that I'm suffering from a severe case of battle fatigue," Kelli Stapleton wrote Tuesday in a lengthy post on her blog, where she chronicled life with her autistic daughter.
September 07 2013
Elberta woman arraigned on count of attempted murder
Elberta, michigan
An autistic teenager from Benzie County remains hospitalized after what authorities termed a failed murder-suicide attempt committed by her mother.
September 06 2013
State Police: Mother Arrested for Attempted Murder, Daughter With Autism Hospitalized
Kalamazoo, Michigan
BENZIE COUNTY, Mich. — A Benzie County woman will face attempted murder charges Friday for allegedly trying to kill her 14-year-old daughter with autism. Kelli Stapleton, 45, was placed under arrest Thursday while hospitalized with carbon monoxide poisoning. She was …
September 06 2013
State Police release more details on Benzie County attempted murder-suicide case
Michigan
UPDATE: Matt Stapleton released a statement: "I would like to give you all a brief update to our situation."
September 05 2013
UPDATE: Benzie County Attempted Murder-Suicide Still Under Investigation
Michigan
Michigan State Police are investigating an attempted murder-suicide in Benzie County.  A 45 year old Elberta woman attempted to kill herself and her family member Tuesday, August 3.  Benzie County Deputies
September 05 2013
Benzie County Attempted Murder-Suicide Under Investigation
Michigan
Michigan State Police are investigating an attempted murder-suicide in Benzie County.  A 45 year old Elberta woman attempted to kill herself and her family member Tuesday, August 3.  Benzie County Deputies
September 04 2013
Mother arrested for killing newborn baby
Honor, Michigan
UPDATED WITH VIDEO AND NEW DETAILS: 18 year old Alyce Morales has been charged in Benzie County Court with Open Murder.
July 29 2013
Two teens hospitalized in Benzie
Michigan
BENZONIA - Two teenagers are hospitalized after consuming alcohol and prescription drugs in Benzie County, authorities said. The Benzie County Sheriff's Department and EMS were dispatched Monday just before 8:30 p.m. to a home in Benzonia Township fo
June 07 2013
Benzie County Administrator Says The Maples Medical Care Facility Has Borrowed Hundreds of Thousand
Michigan
The Maples Medical Care Facility has been struggling to make ends meet; the County Commission is considering cutting them off.
May 14 2013
Man sentenced in wife's slaying in Northern Michigan
Traverse City, michigan
A man who authorities say killed his wife during an argument in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula is expected to spend at least 15 years in prison.   The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports 27-year-old Deshawn Stanton was sentenced Tuesday in Benzie County Circuit Court to life in prison. He earlier pleaded no contest to second-degree murder and can be considered for parole after 15 years.
April 29 2013
Benzie won't push to merge nursing home, hospital
Michigan
A proposal to merge Benzie County's publicly owned nursing home with a private hospital fizzled after residents cited fears of job cuts and a loss of local control over health care services to county seniors.
February 21 2013
Petoskey man dies in Benzie car crash
Michigan
Michael Joseph Esford, 55, was thrown from his vehicle and killed in a crash along Lake Ann Road Tuesday afternoon.
December 12 2012
Senior Walk-a-Thon
Michigan
Walkers are needed for the Walk for Seniors fundraiser for Benzie Home Health Care.
August 04 2012
Unger hearing on hold - Traverse City Record-Eagle
Michigan
BEULAH — Convicted killer Mark Unger will have to wait a while longer to find out if he'll get a new trial. A hearing ... August at the earliest. A Benzie County jury in 2006 convicted Unger of first-degree premeditated murder in the death of his ...
June 15 2012
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