Man convicted in murder of Chelsea Bruck

Associated Press

Monroe, Mich. — A man who admits he killed a woman after a Halloween party and stashed her body in the woods has been convicted of first-degree murder.

Daniel Clay enters the courtroom for his trial to begin for the death of Chelsea Bruck in front of 38th Circuit Judge Daniel S. White at the Monroe County Courthouse on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, in Monroe, Mich. Clay is charged in the death of Bruck whose body was found months after she disappeared from a huge Halloween party in 2014 in southeastern Michigan.

There was no dispute that Daniel Clay killed 22-year-old Chelsea Bruck in Monroe County in 2014. But jurors had to decide Tuesday whether it was intentional or an accident as he claimed.

Clay now faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without a chance for parole.

Missing person Chelsea Bruck, 22, was last seen talking with an unknown male at a Frenchtown Township Halloween party on October 26, 2014.

He claimed Bruck was accidentally asphyxiated in his car during aggressive sex after a night of booze and drugs at a Halloween party in Frenchtown Township. But prosecutor Michael Roehrig said Bruck’s facial injuries showed she was beaten by Clay.

During his closing argument, Roehrig grasped the neck of a rubber dummy. He says Bruck “didn’t die accidentally.”