Shooting in Northern Michigan leaves mother and two sons dead

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Published: Nov. 22, 2020 at 12:23 PM EST
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***11/25/2020 UPDATE***

The Benzie County Prosecutor has issued a 3-count open murder warrant for Robert Michael Freebold, 58 years old, of Elberta, MI.

Freebold has been charged in the murder of Marilyn Freebold, Malachi Maloney, and Robert James Freebold, as a result of an incident in the Village Of Elberta that took place at approximately 6:00p on Friday, 11-20-2020.

Robert Michael Freebold is expected to be arraigned later this afternoon in the 85th District Court of Benzie County or upon his release from Munson Medical Center where he is currently in custody while being treated for his injuries.


BENZIE COUNTY, Mich. (WJRT) - In northern Michigan, a mother and two sons are dead following a shooting in Benzie County.

Investigators said the father was in critical condition at last check at the hospital.

Now ABC 12 has learned the family once lived in the Owosso area.

Deputies identified the three people who were killed as 63-year-old Marilyn Schults Freebold, 27-year-old Robert James Freebold, and 20-year old Malachi Andrew Maloney.

The Benzie County Sheriff’s Office said the 911 center received an abandoned call Friday evening from a cellphone. It said dispatchers could hear labored breathing and possibly a faint call for help.

Deputies said upon arrival to the home in Elberta they found 58-year old Robert Michael Freebold badly injured in the doorway of the home.

It said the rest of the family members were found inside along with weapons. Deputies said they were not searching for anyone.

They did not release details on a potential motive in the shooting.

Stay with ABC12 News for updates.

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