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MI JESSICA HEERINGA: Missing from Muskegon, MI - 26 April 2013 - Age 25 *J. Willis GUILTY of Murder*

Discussion in 'Missing 2010 to 2014' started by Imamazed, May 3, 2015.

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  4. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Bail lowered for man accused of helping to hide Jessica Heeringa's body

    Muskegon County judge on Friday substantially lowered the bail bond of Kevin Lavern Bluhm, who's accused of helping to dispose of the still-missing body of Jessica Heeringa after she allegedly was murdered.

    Jefferey Thomas Willis - Bluhm's cousin -- has been charged with murdering Heeringa, while Bluhm has been charged as an accessory after the fact in the case. In addition to the high-profile Heeringa case, Willis has also been charged with the murder of Rebekah Bletsch, abduction of a 16-year-old girl and several pornography-related charges.

    Both men have been in custody at the Muskegon County Jail awaiting trials.

    Muskegon County Circuit Court Judge William C. Marietti reduced Bluhm's bond from $250,000 to $150,000 at a hearing Friday morning, April 7. If Bluhm posts bail, he will be subject to monitoring by GPS tether, Marietti said.

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  6. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Jeffrey Willis' cousin pleads no contest in Jessica Heeringa case

    Kevin Bluhm made an unscheduled appearance in court Monday morning and pleaded no contest ahead of his trial Tuesday, Nov. 28.

    Bluhm is the cousin of convicted murderer, Jeffrey Willis, and he is charged with one felony count of accessory after the fact in connection to the Jessica Heeringa investigation.

    A no contest plea is not an admission of guilt but is treated the same at sentencing.

    The felony is punishable by up to five years in prison, but Bluhm's calculated sentence guidelines on the charge are zero to nine-months in jail.

    "He is probably going to receive a time served sentence," said Hilson.

    Members of the Heeringa family.were informed of the possible plea last week.

    The judge set Bluhm's sentencing for Jan. 9.

    The judge told Bluhm if Jeffrey Willis is acquitted, he would allow Bluhm to withdraw the no contest plea.

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  7. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Jessica Heeringa was working alone at a gas station in Norton Shores, Michigan on April 26, 2013, when she disappeared. A witness told police he saw the 25-year-old mother being forced into a silver Chrysler minivan. Investigators found Jessica's cell phone, keys and purse inside the store. In September 2016, officials charged Jeffrey Willis, 46, with abduction and murder in relation to Jessica’s case; police told Dateline his trial date is expected to be set for Spring of 2018. He has pleaded not guilty. Willis still faces charges for the April 2016 abduction of a teenager who ended up escaping. Upon escaping, that victim led police to a van where, according to court testimony, investigators found bondage items and lists of women’s name and addresses. According to NBC affiliate WOOD-TV, investigators said they also found a file labeled “VICS” (short for victims) that contained a folder labeled with Rebekah Bletsch’s initials and a code for the date of her death. In November 2017, Willis was convicted of first-degree premeditated murder and felony firearm in connection to Rebekah’s 2014 shooting death. Police told WOOD-TV there was also a file bearing Jessica’s initials on Willis’s computer. On November 27, 2017 Willis’s cousin Kevin Bluhm pleaded no contest to being an accessory after the fact in Jessica’s murder. Bluhm has been jailed since September 2016 on the charge. Jessica’s body has not been found. Police told Dateline they continue to do searches but have no leads as to her location. If you have any information regarding Jessica’s case, please call the Norton Shores Police Department at (231) 733-2691 or the Silent Observer at (231) 722-7463.

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  8. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Kevin Bluhm walks free for his role in Jessica Heeringa's murder

    Jeffrey Willis' cousin, Kevin Bluhm, was to be set free Tuesday following sentencing for his involvement in the murder of Jessica Heeringa.

    But he won't be free from prying eyes, as he will be required to wear an electronic GPS tether to monitor his whereabouts for at least a year.

    Bluhm, 49, was sentenced Jan. 9 by Muskegon County Circuit Judge William C. Marietti to time he has already served in the Muskegon County Jail, where he has been lodged since Sept. 20, 2016.

    Bluhm pleaded no contest on Nov. 27, 2017, to being an accessory after the fact in the murder of Heeringa, who disappeared in April 2013 from her night job at a Norton Shores gas station. Willis has been charged in her murder, and the trial is scheduled for early March.

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  10. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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    Jeffrey Willis goes on trial for Jessica Heeringa's murder, abduction

    Five years after Jessica Heeringa disappeared, the trial of her alleged murderer, Jeffrey Willis, will begin in a Muskegon County courtroom this week.

    Willis, already convicted of first-degree murder, will be tried in the abduction and murder of Heeringa, 25, who disappeared from the gas station where she worked in April 2013.

    The road to justice has been a long one. Willis was arrested in May 2016, almost exactly one month after the abduction of a teenager who identified him as the man who tried to shoot her when she ran from him.

    His arrest was the missing piece to a puzzle investigators had been trying to solve for years. It included the unsolved murder of Rebekah Bletsch, also along a Muskegon County road in 2014.

    Willis was convicted of killing Bletsch as part of a "scheme" to kidnap, rape and kill vulnerable women, the prosecutor has alleged. As a result, the kidnapping of the 16-year-old and the murder of Bletsch will figure prominently in the Heeringa trial.

    An estimated 300 people will be on standby to serve as jurors in the upcoming trial. Pre-trial publicity of the Heeringa case could make it difficult to seat an impartial jury. Jury selection begins Tuesday, and is expected to last several days.

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    Uno2Much Bronze Member

    Jeffrey Willis trial live: Second day of testimony in Heeringa murder
    Updated 9:39 AM; Posted 9:16 AM

    Testimony began Tuesday, May 8, and among the witnesses was Madison Nygard, the kidnapped teen. Investigators also described their search for Willis and their identification of his van from images captured by security cameras at a nearby blueberry farm.

    Detectives also described items they found in Willis' home and van, including a tool box "rape kit" as well as the gun the prosecution will assert tied Willis to the Heeringa and Bletsch homicides and the teen's kidnapping.

    Read more: http://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/index.ssf/2018/05/jeffrey_willis_trial_live_seco.html
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  12. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    MUSKEGON, Mich. — Friday marks the fourth day of testimony in the murder trial of Jeffrey Willis after the most emotional day of testimony so far in the murder trial of Jeffrey Willis.

    Willis is on trial for the kidnapping and murder of Heeringa, who was last seen working late at night at a Norton Shores gas station in April 2013. She has not been seen since.

    Testimony is expected to begin at 1:30 p.m. Friday. Prosecutor DJ Hilson says he may rest his case next Tuesday.

    Day 3 of testimony started Thursday with witnesses who were the closest to the scene where Jessica Heeringa was last seen.

    Susan Follett described how she and her now ex-husband, Eric Barber, were out for a motorcycle ride on the night of April 26, 2013, when Heeringa disappeared. She was also an employee at the Exxon Mobile station where Heeringa worked. Barber testified Wednesday afternoon.

    She testified she was not working that day, but they rode past the station. She says they saw a silver minivan in the parking lot driving towards the gas station. She said it turned off its headlights and she felt something wasn’t right and they turned around and went back to the gas station.

    Follett wept on the stand as she described watching from a strip mall parking lot the van, with its lights off, pull around to the back of the gas station. The lights outside the station went off, even though they are supposed to always be on. She said she saw the light of the van’s hatch going on and off, “as if it was trying to be shut, but couldn’t.”

    Follett described the man who got into the van as wearing a bright red or orange shirt. She said she didn’t get anyone else into the minivan, but the man started driving away right away, as it had been left running. She said she was able to see the man driving for just a couple of seconds and described his hair as “pretty, with blonde streaks.”

    They followed the van for a short distance, but saw no movement in the back. The van went a different direction than where they were heading. Shortly after they got home she got a phone call from her boss to go to the station because Heeringa was gone.

    Under cross-examination from the defense, Follett said she had suspicions that Heeringa was stealing product from the store. She didn’t go inside because she wasn’t a manager, just a co-worker. She said that money at the station was always accounted for.

    Witness describes seeing van at gas station night Heeringa disappeared
    The next witness was Willis’ hair stylist for 14 years and testified that she had given Willis blonde highlights, but couldn’t say for sure if she gave them to him in 2013.

    Norton Shore Police Cpl. Joel Hoeksema testified then about arriving at the gas station to investigate the situation. He testified everything looked normal. “The lights were on. There just wasn’t an employee there.”

    Hoeksema found a battery cover outside the back door of the gas station which investigators say is from the laser sight of the handgun used by Willis. He also found a blood stain on the concrete.

    Willis is already spending life in prison for the murder of Rebekah Bletsch in 2014. He was arrested in 2016 after abducting a teen.

  13. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

    The Latest: Jury convicts Michigan man of killing clerk
    Updated 6:18 pm, Wednesday, May 16, 2018

    MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — The Latest in the trial of a man charged in the kidnapping and slaying of a western Michigan gas station clerk. (all times local):

    7:10 p.m.

    Jurors have convicted a man of kidnapping and killing a western Michigan gas station clerk.

    The Muskegon County jury deliberated about 1½ hours Wednesday before finding Jeffrey Willis guilty of first-degree murder in the death of 25-year-old Jessica Heeringa, who disappeared in 2013 while working late at a gas station in Norton Shores. Her body has never been found.

    Read more: https://www.chron.com/news/crime/ar...convicts-Michigan-man-of-killing-12920661.php
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    Uno2Much Bronze Member

    So glad justice has been served! :good:
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    noZme Bronze Member

    Life ~ now that's what I'm talking about!

    19 year old Gaeta got 40 years for rape & murder of 6 year old Jenise. That's not half long enough IMO.
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