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The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office has charged 55-year-old Detroiter and ex-convict Andrew Scott Hardville of first-degree murder in the early December death of a 42-year-old woman.

A friend called in the victim's death at about 9:45 a.m. on Dec. 7, said Dontae Freeman, a spokesman for the Detroit Police Department. Court records identify the victim as Rene Robinson. 

Robinson was found face down and deceased on the living room floor of a home on the 3300 block of Columbus, which is north of West Grand Boulevard and just east of Dexter. The home is less than a half-mile from Hardville's listed address on the 7400 block of Dexter.

At his arraignment Wednesday, Hardville stood mute and was denied bond, court records show. He's due back in court on Jan. 24 at 8:30 a.m. for a probable cause conference and on Jan. 31 at 1:30 p.m. for his preliminary exam, both before Judge Kenneth King at the Third Circuit Court. 

Days before his arrest, the Detroit Police Department put out an alert describing Hardville as a "person of interest" in the case. 

Robinson's death was a homicide, the result of strangulation and blunt force trauma to the head, according to the Wayne County Medical Examiner's office.

In March 2001, Hardville pled guilty to third-degree criminal sexual assault, involving a victim 13 years old or younger, resisting a police officer and breaking and entering. He was sentenced to five to 15 years, records show, and was discharged in July 2015.

jdickson@detroitnews.com

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