By Mike Martindale
Holly Township -- Investigators hope trace evidence, including fingerprints left behind at a weekend slaying of a recently released child sex offender, may help lead to his killer.
Crime lab technicians were reviewing evidence on Wednesday that may help identify the killer of _____, 64, stabbed to death in his home on Riviera Shores Drive by an intruder about 4 a.m. Sunday.
"Two members of his family have been very cooperative, and we will be doing other interviews," said Michigan State Police Sgt. Gary Muir. "We have also received a few tips, but so far, no one has given us a strong suspect."
"There is still a lot of work to be done. I'm convinced this will be solved."
An autopsy by the Oakland County Medical Examiner's Office determined _____ was stabbed at least a half-dozen times with a small knife -- the most serious wounds suffered to his neck and chest. _____ was attacked after he awoke to his wife screaming because someone had entered their home through an unlocked rear door. He struggled with the man briefly and then collapsed as the suspect ran from the house.
_____'s wife was neither injured nor attacked during the assault, Muir said.
The intruder has been described only as a stocky white man in his 20s, about 5 feet, 8 inches tall, with brown hair and wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt.
_____ was released from the Oakland County Jail Aug. 17 after a 10-month incarceration for sexual assault of a 4-year-old relative. As part of his probationary sentence, _____ was placed on an electronic tether, which he was to wear for nine years.
Muir said persons still to be interviewed were involved in that trial and also in an earlier 2004 case in which _____ was acquitted by a jury of molesting five girls, aged 8 to 10 years old.
Anyone with information in the _____ killing is asked to contact state police at (248) 634-3512 or (313) 237-2450.
"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)
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