Stabbing suspect arraigned on open murder charge

Stabbing suspect arraigned on open murder charge

MARQUETTE — An Ishpeming man accused of murder after Friday’s stabbing in the City of Marquette made his first appearance in Marquette County District Court Monday morning.

Derek Blemke, 24, is charged with one count of open murder in connection to the death of Brandon LaFavre, 21 of Marquette. If convicted, Blemke could face up to life in prison.

District Court Judge Karl Weber denied Blemke’s bond, citing the serious nature of the offense and the defendant’s mental condition. The bond decision can be reviewed on or before Blemke’s preliminary exam, which is scheduled for July 19th.