(03/14/14) - Alana Childers' death has been ruled a homicide. Her longtime boyfriend, Douglas Flinn, has been charged with one count of open murder.
Childers, last seen by family weeks ago, was found in her Mt. Morris Township home Tuesday, March 11.
We know now she was likely dead there for nearly a month.
Mt. Morris Township Police say they believe the couple got into an argument, first verbal and then physical. An autopsy shows Childers was struck in the head and died from blunt force trauma, according to police. Police declined to comment on what they think she was hit with.
Only ABC12 was there when Flinn was in court Friday afternoon.
Flinn had been in the Clare County Jail, on unrelated charges, since first being questioned, last week, in Childers' disappearance.
Her family reported her missing March 6 after not being able to reach her for weeks.
According to what was read in court, when Flinn was being arraigned, Childers was killed on or around Valentine's Day, Feb. 14.
Her body was found inside her West Downey Avenue home during a second search of it.
Police say it wasn't safe to extensively search the first time, a few days prior, because of the conditions inside.
"The whole first floor is caving in," said Mt. Morris Township Police Chief Scott McKenna, Tuesday. "The house is completely full."
Investigators had to get in thru a window the second time they searched.
Police now say her body was found under a blanket and other debris on the couch.
Flinn made some unusual remarks, Friday, when 67th District Court Judge Mark Latchana was trying to figure out if he needed a court appointed attorney.
Flinn referenced requests he'd made to police when questioned about Childers' death.
"I asked for lethal injection and that I was going to, uhhh (sic),have something I wanted to do within 72 hours then after 72 hours are up, so's mine," he said. "I requested that."
Flinn didn't elaborate on what it was he wanted to do.
Latchana ordered him held without bond.
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