Milford Twp. woman expected to face open murder charge in husband’s death from beating
A Milford Township resident accused of attacking her husband with a metal bar is expected to be arraigned Wednesday on an open murder charge after the man died over the weekend, police said Tuesday.
Yvonne Helen Cortis initially was charged with attempted murder and animal cruelty in the beating of Gregory Alan Cortis and their family dog at their home late last month, court records show. But when authorities announced Sunday that her 68-year-old husband died from injuries he sustained during the incident, Milford Police Chief Thomas Lindberg said enhanced charges would be sought through the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office.
The 58-year-old wife remained jailed on a $1 million bond.
Police said the Canadian woman called 911 around 11:35 p.m. Nov. 30 to report she had hit her husband and the dog at their home in the 1300 block of Nortoon, saying they “were no longer suffering.”
Responding officers found Gregory Cortis — whom investigators described as having had an illness — with significant head, torso and arm injuries. The couple’s 11-year-old Labrador had serious head, spine and chest injuries, police said.
A preliminary investigation found the man was hit several times in the head and torso with a large metal rod. The Lab had also been struck.
Autopsy results were pending, but Gregory Cortis appeared to have died from multiple blunt force trauma, township officials said.
Police have said the couple had previous contact with them for domestic violence situations. Lindberg described the beating at their home as “an intense domestic violence crime.”
Meanwhile, Veterinary Care Specialists of Milford continue to treat the pet, “Carly,” that is “improving daily,” officials said in a statement. Donations can be made in her name to the Pet Pantry at the Community Sharing Outreach Center in Highland.