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Man, 55, admits strangling trailer neighbor, 24

AP Wire • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:48 AM

John D. White was arraigned Thursday in Mount Pleasant on first-degree murder charges and ordered jailed without bond. The ex-convict said he was a church employee until this week.

Police said White admitted thinking several weeks about killing Rebekah Gay. In an affidavit, police said White told them he went to Gay's trailer about 2 a.m. Wednesday, struck her head repeatedly with a mallet, then strangled her with a zip tie.

Police said he led them to her body, a half-mile away from the home in Isabella County's Broomfield Township.

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