Teen charged in killing of Traverse City girl, 16

A teenager who police said told them he killed a 16-year-old Traverse City girl has been charged with murder. Robert Schwander, 17, was arraigned Thursday in a Grand Traverse County court on a first-degree murder charge in the death of Carly Lewis. He's charged as an adult. He entered a not guilty plea. Bond was denied. A preliminary hearing is June 27. Police believe Schwander, the son of a sheriff's deputy, killed Lewis on June 2 in a vacant building and moved her body to a sand pile at a public works site two days later.
AP Wire
Jun 16, 2011


Defense attorney Clarence Gomery said Schwander has called it an accident and is upset.

Lewis disappeared after leaving a friend’s home, sparking a search of Traverse City and nearby communities in the northwestern Lower Peninsula.


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