New judge scheduled to re-sentence convicted killer

A Munising man convicted of accidentally killing his girlfriend by backing over her with his truck has been scheduled for re–sentencing in Alger County Circuit Court.

50–year–old Thomas Murdock was convicted in 2012 of ‘operating while intoxicated causing death’, ‘operating while intoxicated – third offense’, driving with a suspended license and marijuana possession.

He killed Lisa Hardwick in AuTrain Township in June 2011.

Judge William Carmody sentenced Murdock to two years in prison, a year less than state sentencing guidelines call for. Alger County Prosecutor Karen Bahrman appealed the sentence.The Michigan Court of Appeals sent the case back to Judge Carmody and he imposed the original sentence again. Bahrman appealed again, and the appeals court ruled that Murdock needs to be re–sentenced by a new judge. Delta County Circuit Judge Stephen Davis has been chosen for the task. He will preside over the new sentencing, which is scheduled for May 8th.

Murdock is serving time at the Newberry Correctional Facility.