Man charged with killing woman in drum faces trial

Detroit News staff and wire reports

Warren — A man charged with killing his girlfriend and concealing her body in a plastic drum has been ordered to stand trial.

Warren District Judge Michael Chupa ruled Friday that Scott Wobbe, 38, should be tried for first-degree murder and moving her body. The judge said there wasn’t enough evidence to move ahead on a kidnapping charge.

Theresa DeKeyzer’s body was found in September in a drum at a storage site in Plymouth Township. The 22-year-old woman lived 33 miles away in Warren and hadn’t been seen for much of the summer.

Defense attorney Raymond Cassar says the case against Wobbe is weak and there’s no evidence he intended to kill her.

Wobbe was in the Midland County Jail on unrelated probation violation charges before DeKeyzer’s body was found and attempted suicide while in the lock-up.

He jumped from a second floor walkway after tying a sheet around his neck and the railing, according to a jail incident report obtained by The Detroit News through a Freedom of Information Act request.

The sheet came loose and Wobbe landed on the floor.

Less than a month later, he was charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping and disinterment of a body in connection with DeKeyzer’s death.