Peter Peterson, of Manistee County's Norman Township, was arraigned Tuesday in District Court in Manistee on open murder and felony firearm charges, Michigan State Police said. Peterson was ordered held on $500,000 bond ahead of a May 22 hearing.
Peterson said in court he plans to hire a lawyer, but no one was yet on record Wednesday, the court said.
The victim is Vincent Adamczak, a 41-year-old man from Wellston. He was reported missing in 2002 and investigators said they believe he was killed in 1995, the same year his vehicle was found.
Police searched Peterson's home in June 2011 to collect evidence and said they found portions of human remains.
In September 2011, prosecutors charged Rosemary Skrzycki with murder. She pleaded no contest to a reduced charge of being an accessory after murder. Police said she witnessed the killing.
Adamczak was killed at a "get-together" at Peterson's house, about 40 miles southwest of Traverse City, state police 1st Lt. Brian Postma told WWTV/WWUP-TV.
The investigation continues, and Postma said there is at least one other "person of interest." Postma said he expected charges to be sought.