Macomb Twp. woman arraigned in husband’s death

Jim Lynch
The Detroit News

A Macomb Township woman faces murder charges stemming from a shooting incident on Wednesday that left her husband dead.

Julie Kay Chimelak, 61, was arraigned on three felony counts Monday.

County sheriff’s deputies responded to an emergency call Wednesday afternoon in the 20200 block of Nicol Creek in Macomb Township. A female caller informed the dispatcher she had shot her husband by accident.

On their arrival, deputies discovered Ronald George Chimelak, 75, lying on the floor with a single gunshot wound to the chest. Julie Chimelak was attempting to perform CPR.

After deputies and emergency medical crews took offer, George Chimelak was transported to Henry Ford Macomb Hospital where he was pronounced dead 50 minutes after the initial call.

Investigators found a Smith & Wesson, .357 caliber revolver in the home’s bedroom.

Julie Chimelak is charged with one count of second-degree murder, which carries the possibility of life in prison. She also faces a 15-year manslaughter charge and a two-year felony firearm charge.

She was arraigned Monday at 41A District Court in Shelby Township. Her $750,000 bond was continued.

According to the Macomb Daily, she told a magistrate during her arraignment by video on Monday that her husband was “threatening to kill me for months.” The magistrate advised Chimelak to refrain from elaborating because her statements could be used by prosecutors.

Chimelak remains in custody and will appear next in court on Dec. 14.

The Associated Press contributed.

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