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Wayne — A man charged in the slaying of a 58-year-old who was struck in the head with an ax outside a Detroit-area home says he doesn’t understand the charges.

Twenty-six-year-old Jesse Gunderson made the remark Tuesday at 29th District Court in Wayne, where he was arraigned on charges including first-degree murder. He also said he understood he would remain jailed for now. The court says he doesn’t yet have a lawyer on record.

Danny Dart was killed Saturday in the backyard of his Wayne home. The Wayne County prosecutor’s office says Gunderson was living at Dart’s home for several weeks.

WXYZ-TV reports Dart was Gunderson’s step-grandfather.

One of Gunderson’s relatives, Robert Porter, tells WWJ-AM the family doesn’t know what happened and wants Gunderson to talk to give them “peace and closure.”

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