Warrant for open murder issued in West Olive shooting

Tribune Staff • Jul 30, 2018 at 8:02 PM

PORT SHELDON TWP. — An open murder arrest warrant has been issued for the man suspected of killing his wife, then trying to kill himself at their Port Sheldon Township home last week.

Sherrilee Suzzanne McNeal was found dead at their home in the 15000 block of Barry Street at around 3:45 a.m. July 24. Since then, a forensic autopsy was performed at Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital in Grand Rapids, which confirmed that the 53-year-old woman died of a gunshot wound, said Capt. Mark Bennett of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.

The woman’s husband, 55-year-old Michael Scott McNeal, was found at the scene with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the face. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

On Monday, Bennett said McNeal remains hospitalized and is under guard. While the Ottawa County Prosecutor’s Office has issued a warrant for his arrest, Bennett said McNeal cannot be arraigned in court at this time because of his medical condition.

“They have to be cognizant enough to enter a plea for an arraignment to happen, and he is not,” Bennett said. “That will be scheduled later.”

Open murder allows for a jury to determine whether a charge of first-degree or second-degree murder is more appropriate. First-degree murder is premeditated; second-degree murder is not.

The shooting happened in or near a horse trailer on the property, which Sherrilee McNeal was staying in. Michael McNeal was found in the yard outside the home. Bennett said the couple had some marital issues.

Police were called to the scene of the shooting after a friend of the McNeals’ 17-year-old son heard gunshot noises in the background while the teenager was online playing video games. The son is currently staying with other family members in the area.

— From Holland Sentinel and Tribune reports


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