Bath Township — Authorities arraigned three suspects on charges of first-degree murder and armed robbery in the death of a Michigan State University student who was found unconscious along an expressway near East Lansing.
Dustyn Frolka, 19, of Owosso was beaten with brass knuckles, a Lansing State Journal article said.
A judge on Monday ordered Samantha Grigg, 18; Tyrel Bredernitz, 18; and Brendon Heim, 16, jailed without bond at their arraignment in 29th District Court in St. Johns.
Grigg is a senior at Saline High School near Ann Arbor and Bredernitz is a Saline High graduate. Heim said he dropped out as a sophomore.
Frolka was found Feb. 15 on Interstate 69 in Bath Township, near Lansing. The sophomore from Owosso was declared dead at a hospital.
Police from Clinton County’s Bath Township obtained search warrants and made the arrests Saturday in Saline, the Lansing State Journal and radio station WLNS report.
Frolka had abrasions consistent with hitting the pavement but no obvious wounds, investigators had said. Police said they were awaiting toxicology results to determine what killed him.
Frolka was a talented rapper but “had been on kind of a downward spiral” since the fall, said fellow hip-hop musician Blake Selby. Selby told the newspaper that he signed Frolka to the Lansing-based label he runs, though they later parted ways.
Michigan State University police arrested Frolka for cocaine possession on Jan. 31, according to court records. He was then kicked out of his dorm as a threat to safety of other residents, the university said.