Eastpointe — A 38-year-old man has been ordered to stand trial in the strangulation of his wife, their 2-year-old daughter and their 8-year-old son at their suburban Detroit home.

An Eastpointe district judge ruled Tuesday that there’s enough evidence to try Timothy Fradeneck on first-degree murder and other charges. He remains jailed without bond and will appear in Macomb County Circuit Court for a hearing June 15.

Police said Fradeneck used a USB cord April 13 to kill Christine Fradeneck, 37, daughter Celeste and son Timothy. They say he tucked the bodies into their beds afterward.

Investigators said Fradeneck told them he planned to kill himself as well but failed. They report Fradeneck said he wanted his family dead “to spare them the heartache” of his death.

Fradeneck told police he had been planning the homicides since August but didn't give a motive, Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith said last month.

Smith said Fradeneck told police, "The opportunity presented itself."

Officers arrived at the 22000 block of Cushing about 7 p.m. April 13 to do a welfare check after Christine Fradeneck’s sister couldn’t reach Christine. Police said Timothy Fradeneck answered the door and told police his family was sleeping. It was when police demanded to see them that Fradeneck allowed them in and admittted he had killed them, police said.

Christie Fradeneck owned a Clinton Township salon called Blonde Ambition; her husband had been unemployed for several years, according to a Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing in 2011.

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