Murder suspect enters plea deal

Murder suspect enters plea deal

MANISTIQUE — A suspect in a triple homicide in Schoolcraft County entered a plea in Circuit Court Friday morning.

Forty-six-year old Kenneth Brunke of Manistique pleaded guilty to two amended counts, including obstruction of justice, a five–year felony, and lying to a police officer during a violent crime investigation, which is a four–year felony. Given the guilty pleas and testimony Brunke gave against his co–defendants, the Prosecutor will drop the remaining twelve charges, which range from unlawful imprisonment to first degree murder.

Brunke was arrested in connection to the death of three people found in a burnt vehicle in Doyle Township in April. One of the co-defendants in the case, 28-year-old Marietta Carlson, passed away from endocarditis back in June while in custody. The remaining co–defendant, 47-year-old Garry Cordell, is scheduled to appear in District Court for a competency hearing on Monday.

Brunke will appear for sentencing on December 10th.