Michigan

Michigan man accused of kidnapping, killing waives hearing

A western Michigan man accused of killing a female jogger two years ago has waived his right to a preliminary hearing to determine if there's enough evidence for him to stand trial in the recent abduction of a 16-year-old girl.

The Muskegon Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1YsgOi7 ) that David Kortering, who is representing Jeffrey Willis in the kidnapping case, said Wednesday that the case is "already overpublicized" and he saw no benefit to the hearing.

Authorities allege that Willis abducted the teen in April and that she escaped from his van and ran to a nearby home. They say she identified Willis in a photo lineup, and he was arrested last month and also charged in Bletsch's death.

He's also being investigated in the 2013 disappearance of a gas station clerk.

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Information from: The Muskegon Chronicle, http://www.mlive.com/muskegon