(09/24/12) - A murder charge has been issued in the 2006 beating death of 86-year-old Marie Warren in Lapeer County.
Frank Choate, of Sandusky, was arrested in July of 2011.
He was charged with six felonies then, tied to the Warren case, but not with murder until last week.
Investigators believe Warren was killed inside her White Road farmhouse in Deerfield Township, possibly during a break-in. Her body was found, beaten with the finger tips cut off, about five miles away.
Choate has been in the Lapeer County since being arrested. Before the murder charge, bond was set at $1 million.
Lapeer County Prosecutor Byron Konschuh says another inmate, at the Lapeer County Jail, came forward a few months ago.
"Discussions took place and this individual relayed that information," says Konschuh. "Based upon that information, and the other evidence we have in the case, we authorized the charge."
At the time of Choate's arrest, investigators cited DNA evidence linking him to the crimes.
Investigators still believe others may have been involved. Please call the Lapeer County Sheriff's Department, at (810) 245-1382, with any information.
Choate is scheduled to return to court, on the murder charge, one day after the six year anniversary of Warren's death.
He's being held without bond on the murder charge.
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