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6th suspect charged in connection with Birch Run Township homicide

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SAGINAW COUNTY, Mich. (WJRT) - New details this week in a Saginaw County homicide where a sixth person has now been charged in the case.

That sixth person is the mother of one of the original five suspects in the Birch Run Township homicide of Scott Engelhardt.

All five people now face a murder charge, and even though Engelhardt's house was also set on fire, there had been no arson charges, until now.

58-year-old Patricia Lord of Clio faces first degree arson and others charges in connection with the events that unfolded in the home of 65-year-old Soctt Engelhardt in the early morning hours of October 15.

She is the mother of 19-year-old Faith Lord.

Faith Lord, along with Jorden Schmitzer, Kyle Bostic, Nolan Croton and Jordan Harrison are now all charged with murder and various other crimes in connection with the homicide.

It was Jordan Harrison who took the stand at a preliminary hearing Wednesday and testified that the five planned to provide enough drugs to Englehardt that he would overdose, making it easier for them to ransack his Birch Run Township home.

Harrison testified she was friends with Engelhardt and she and Lord arrived at the home, before the three men came into the house for the staged robbery.

"Kyle starts yelling, get on the ground, don't move, and so me and Faith dropped to the ground and we are acting surprised and scared," Harrison testified.

She testified the wheelchair-bound Engelhardt told them to take anything they want, but don't kill him. Harrison testified that she learned that Engelhardt had been shot after she left the home.

"I was crying, I was like did Scott really get killed, and Kyle is like yeah, yeah he got shot," she said on the witness stand.

She also testified that once the five returned to Lord's home in Clio, Patricia Lord told them to go back to the house and burn the evidence.

A forensic pathologist testified that Engelhardt's lungs were more than 70% smoke, indicating he was still alive after being shot.

Patricia Lord is also suspected of disposing of the firearm that was used to shoot Engelhardt.

While Harrison's case is now in circuit court, a bind over decision on the four other original suspects will be ruled on soon.

Patricia Lord is being held in jail on no bond.


Terry Camp anchors ABC12 News First at Four and ABC12 News at 5:30. He also reports on issues in the Great Lakes Bay Region.

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