Ferndale— A homeless 37-year-old man was charged Friday with open murder in the death of a Ferndale resident inside his apartment.
William Thomas Goad also was arraigned on charges of unlawful driving away of a motor vehicle and larceny in a building.
Judge Charles G. Goedert denied bond. Goad’s next court appearance is at 1 p.m. Thursday at 43rd District Court in Ferndale.
Goad was on probation for a prior felony conviction at the time of the slaying, police said.
The victim, a 67-year-old man who lived in an apartment complex for the elderly near E. Nine Mile and Hilton, was found dead on his apartment floor by police on Tuesday. Police say he had apparently been stabbed in the chest.
Police said Goad was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon after investigators found video surveillance showing him returning to the victim's apartment at Devon Square Apartments after the slaying to remove a TV and other items.
Police say they believe the victim and Goad had become acquaintances, and that the victim had invited the homeless man up to the apartment on Sunday evening. Video surveillance showed the suspect leaving the apartment alone.
The suspect also returned for the victim’s Chevy Cobalt but later ditched the vehicle, which was found Wednesday on a side street in Detroit, police said. Afterward, the suspect returned to his usual begging spot at Interstate 75 and Eight Mile, authorities say. Police found him there at 4 p.m. and arrested him.
The investigation was assisted by the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, the Detroit Police Department and the FBI.