Man charged in fatal shootings
HASTINGS, Mich. (AP) — A 63-year-old man has been charged with murder in the fatal shootings of two men in western Michigan.
Jon Otis Barnett was ordered held on $10 million bond following a hearing Monday in Hastings. He faces assault and weapons charges as well, and authorities say he also tried to strangle his wife.
Gordon Shane McNeill, a lawyer appointed to represent Barnett, declined to comment Tuesday.
Authorities say 21-year-old Bryce DeGood and 73-year-old Gary Peake were found dead Friday afternoon of gunshot wounds in Barry County’s Orangeville Township. Peake was found in a home and DeGood by a road. A possible motive for the shootings wasn’t immediately released.
Prosecutors say Barnett could face more charges, since he allegedly shot at motorists who tried to help DeGood. A witness called 911.