(01/22/13) - Thirty-two-year-old Oanh Bass, of Mecosta County, has been formally
charged with killing 68-year-old Floyd Dennis.
Dennis was found dead at a Huckleberry Trail home in Redding Township, Friday. He did not live here.
We are told he was looking after the home for someone who is out of town.
Investigators tell us it was Dennis' wife who found him at the home and called police. She was in court Tuesday, surrounded by her family. They declined to comment.
Clare County authorities are being pretty tight-lipped about the relationship between Dennis and Bass.
Dennis was well-known in the Harrison community. He's served on the school board, as treasurer, since 2008. Before that, he worked for the district as a bus driver and transportation supervisor.
In court Tuesday, we did not learn anything about a motive behind the shooting.
We did learn Bass has a short criminal past - she has a DUI from 2004. The prosecutor also said Bass had a misdemeanor and felony conviction from California, but did not say for what crime. She is currently being held on a $2 million bond.
A man who lives near the home where Dennis' body was found says this is the last place he'd expect someone to get murdered.
"This is country-land, I love it. I used to really love it. I'm thinking about just, you know, saddling up and heading south," said James Rehahn, Redding Township resident. "Anymore it just seems like anything that can go bad, goes bad around here."
Dennis' death is quite the shock to the entire Harrison community, including the school district.
"Floyd is a very valuable, and valued member of our school community," said Harrison superintendent Tom House. "We'll all miss Floyd Dennis and we all pray for the peace and comfort of his family."
The investigation into Dennis' death is still ongoing. Detectives were still working on search warrants, Tuesday.
Funeral arrangements for Dennis can be found HERE.
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