Preliminary Exam for Ishpeming Murder Suspect

The Ishpeming man charged with beating a man to death last month has been bound over to Marquette County Circuit Court.

37-year-old Thomas Hyttinen appeared today in District Court.

His bond has been set at $1 million.

He’s charged with second-degree murder in the beating death of a Negaunee man.

Police say Hyttinen had just met 43–year–old Carl Mercer for the first time just hours before Mercer’s death.

They say the two of them went out drinking with others and at some time during the night after leaving the bars, the two men got into a fight.

Police believe Hyttinen used excessive force in the attack on Mercer.

Mercer was pronounced dead at Bell Hospital.

Hyttinen’s next court date is may 27th.