Mich. Serial Killing Suspect Identified

A prison parolee and sex offender was identified as the man suspected of killing five women in the city in a little more than a month, and he could face charges in a sixth death from 2004, authorities said Friday.

Mich. Serial Killing Suspect Identified

Murder and assault charges were being pursued against Matthew Emmanuel Macon, 27, of Lansing, who was paroled from state prison June 26, said Police Chief Mark Alley.

Macon had been in prison off and on since 2001, returning twice for parole violations after serving more than a year and a half for larceny from a person, said state Corrections Department spokesman Russ Marlan.

Macon also had an extensive juvenile criminal history, including two criminal sexual conduct offenses, breaking and entering, larceny, and unlawfully driving away an automobile, Marlan said.

"He spent most of his life in and out of foster care," he said.

Macon was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of not reporting to his parole officer and not registering as a sex offender, and on a breaking and entering warrant. He could face charges in the deaths this summer of Ruth Hallman, 76; Deborah Cooke, 36; Debra Renfors, 46; Sandra Eichorn, 64; and Karen Yates, 41. A number of the victims were beaten.

Police also want Macon to be charged with the 2004 death of Barbara Jean Tuttle, 45. Both Tuttle and Renfors were found dead in the same house.

It was not immediately clear whether Macon had an attorney.

"I guess his freedom's in God's hands," his father, Jim Henry Macon Jr., told the Lansing State Journal. "I'm just hoping and praying that it's not him."

Warrants could be filed next week, the Ingham County prosecutor's office told the newspaper.

Police had been looking for clues and help from the public in five homicides since late July, including two this week. Authorities have declined to give many details on the crimes or investigation.

On Tuesday, a 56-year-old woman was injured in an attack in her home. Her dog charged the man, causing him to flee, authorities said. Police credited the woman with providing key details that helped focus their investigation and led to a sketch of a suspect.

Macon is not listed on the state's public sex offender registry but is on a sex offender registry used by law enforcement. It was not immediately clear how Macon violated parole in 2003 and 2006.

According to the Michigan State Police's criminal history Web site, Macon was sentenced to a year in jail in 2005 after pleading guilty to third-degree home invasion and resisting arrest.

AP

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