Great-nephew faces trial in death of 74-year-old Midland hairdresser

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MIDLAND (WJRT) (9/7/2018) - A Reese man is facing a trial in connection with the murder of his 74-year-old great-aunt.

Joel Wallace, 33, was bound over to circuit court after a preliminary hearing this week in Midland County District Court.

He is accused of killing Victoria Kilbourne of Midland, who was reported missing on June 26. Her body was found four days later on Wallace's hunting land near Onaway in Presque Isle County.

Investigators say Kilbourne had been loaning money to Wallace for a while, but a neighbor told police she had planned to cut off the loans because Wallace hadn't been paying her back.

The day she disappeared, police say Wallace wrote himself a $2,000 check from her account and forged his signature. He faces life in prison if convicted.

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