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Just in: Formal charges announced against man accused of killing family in Austin Twp.

Mecosta County Officials have identified a man accused of murdering his family on May 27th in Austin Township. 

 

Mecosta County Sheriff Brian Miller and Prosecutor Amy Clapp announced on Wednesday that 51-year old Charles Gillard will face 15 counts in connection to the death of his wife, 40-year old Dawn Gillard and their three young children, 6-year old Kaitlynn, 4-year old Ronnie and 3-year old Joshua on May 27th, before turning the gun on himself. 

 

Gillard will be charged with the following, four counts of open murder, five counts of felony firearm, three counts of first-degree child abuse, two counts of first-degree child abuse committed in the presence of another child and one count of discharge of a firearm in a building causing death.

 

Clapp says Gillard will be formally arraigned in the next couple of weeks based on his recovery at UM Hospital in Ann Arbor. 

 

Gillard faces life in prison, if convicted. 


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