Orion Township man jailed after mom found slain, uncle stabbed

Mike Martindale
The Detroit News

Orion Township  Officials have released the name of a woman who police say was killed by her son Sunday.

The victim has been identified as Delora Margaret Roberts, 59, according to the Oakland County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies arrested her son, a 29-year-old township man in connection with her death. He is also accused of stabbing of his 60-year-old uncle. 

Oakland County Sheriff's deputies responded at about 12:26 a.m. Sunday to a stabbing report in the 4500 block of Rohr Road near Interstate 75 and Baldwin Road.

The victim, who had a deep cut on his left shoulder, told deputies he was stabbed by his nephew. He also said his assailant also attacked his sister, the suspect's own mother, officials said.

Deputies found the woman lying face down in the living room, unconscious and bleeding profusely, according to authorities. Paramedics applied life-saving measures; she was taken to McLaren-Oakland Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries.

The uncle told deputies he heard his sister call out for help and found his nephew strangling the woman. The uncle said he pulled his nephew away from his sister, but the younger man went into the kitchen, returned with a knife and confronted the uncle, officials said.

According to a preliminary investigation, the uncle managed to take the knife away from the suspect and then ran to a neighbor's house to call police. He told deputies he saw his nephew covered in blood, crying and walking south on Rohr Road. 

They also said deputies found the suspected attacker walking south on Rohr Road, incoherent, sobbing and bleeding from a cut to his neck and a severe laceration to his hand.

The nephew was taken into custody without incident, treated for his injuries and jailed pending possible charges.

Officials said they plan to submit their findings Tuesday to the county prosecutor's office for review and a decision on charging the suspect.

The suspect also has previous convictions for several crimes, including drug possession, malicious destruction of property, a felony sex offense and obstructing police.


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