Remains of Macomb ex-judge found in Florida, son charged with murder
The remains of a former Macomb County district court judge were discovered in Florida, and the victim's son is charged with murder, authorities say.
Boca Raton police responded to a home in Delray Beach, Florida, on April 1, where they met with James Scandirito Jr., who told them his father, James "Skip" Scandirito Sr., was missing, according to a Boca Raton police news release.
The senior Scandirito, 74, was a former Macomb County commissioner represented Harrison Township in the 1990s and later was elected to the 41B District Court bench in Mount Clemens.
In February 2000, Michigan State Police joined the FBI in investigating the elder Scandirito, who was accused of offering several women leniency in court cases in exchange for sexual favors.
The state Judicial Tenure Commission dropped its investigation after Scandirito retired from his $118,285-a-year position in January 2000 and moved to Florida, The Detroit News reported.
His son, 49, reported to police that his father was expected to return home at 6 p.m. March 31 but was missing, police said.
During their search for the elder Scandirito, police said inconsistencies were found in the timeline provided by his son, whose activities led Boca Raton police to an abandoned golf course at the former Ocean Breeze Golf Club. Human remains were discovered and identified as Scandirito on Wednesday.
Authorities later arrested Scandirito Jr. hundreds of miles away in Alachua County, according to the press release. He was stopped while driving his vehicle with a stolen license plate, police said.
The son, who police say lives in Fort Lauderdale, was charged with first-degree murder, police said in the release. He is being held without bond and will be extradited to Palm Beach County.
Boca Raton police said the investigation is ongoing and they have not released the cause of Scandirito's death.