Macomb man charged in father’s strangulation death
Macomb Township — A 55-year-old man was arraigned Tuesday on a premeditated murder charge after he allegedly strangled his elderly father to death in their home, according to the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office.
Gregory Lynn Nieman called police around 10:30 a.m. Sunday to report that his 89-year-old father, Donald Robert Nieman, was not breathing and was cold to the touch inside the condominium they shared on the 45000 block of Warwick Drive. Deputies arrived to find the elderly man dead.
Investigators interviewed Nieman at the scene and released him pending further investigation, officials said.
An autopsy conducted Monday found the elderly man died of manual strangulation. The death was ruled a homicide and Nieman was arrested Monday evening, officials said.
He was charged Tuesday in 41A District Court of Shelby Township with premeditated, first-degree murder. He is being held without bond at the Macomb County Jail and is due back in court Jan. 7.
If convicted, Nieman faces life in prison without parole, officials said.
“The son was the primary caregiver, he lived with (the victim),” Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said. “We did interview him that day we were called, and following up on the further information from the autopsy, we believe that he is the suspect.”
Nieman has not confessed to the crime but his statements helped investigators narrow in on him as a suspect, Wickersham said.
“He did not come out and say that he did it,” the sheriff said. “But during the interview a lot of statements were made trying to explain how this may have happened and it just wasn’t adding up.”
Wickersham said investigators have not yet uncovered a motive, however, officials were sent to the home at least twice this year on noise complaints.
“We would have neighbors saying there’s loud talking or yelling coming from the home,” he said. “When deputies arrived, there were no signs of abuse or anything like that. (The victim) was in good condition, there didn’t seem to be any problems there.”
Wickersham said investigators have been speaking with the man’s four other children.
“Our detectives are talking to them, trying to get information,” he said.