Highland Park man charged in stabbing death of former Detroit disc jockey

George Hunter
The Detroit News

A Highland Park man has been charged with murder in the death of longtime Detroit disc jockey John O'Leary.

The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office says Sean William Lamoureux, 38, lived with O'Leary on Candler Street in Highland Park.

Lamoureux has been arraigned on a charge of open murder and larceny of a building, according to the prosecutor's office, and remanded to jail. A probable cause conference is scheduled for Dec. 7 in 30th District Court before Judge Brigette Holley.

O’Leary, 68, who spent nearly 40 years at rock radio stations WWWW, WLLZ, WCSX and WABX, was reportedly missing for days before friends asked Highland Park police to check on him at home. Officers found O'Leary's body on his Highland Park property Sunday, Police Chief Johnny Thomas said.

Longtime Detroit disc jockeys Doug Podell (left), and John O'Leary, with Podell's wife, Susan Podell.

Thomas told The Detroit News Monday that O'Leary had been stabbed to death, although it was unclear when he was killed.

O'Leary was planning to launch a podcast focusing on the history of Detroit rock radio, friends said.

He graduated from Redford High School in 1972 and graduated from the Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts in 1974, according to his LinkedIn profile. The following year, he began his radio career at WWWW FM.

O'Leary's most recent radio gig was at WCSX in 2013. Since then, he had done voiceover work.


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