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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - The family of Richard Thomas, a man accused of a 1971 Grand Rapids murder, says people are unfairly convicting the 60-year-old man.
"Everybody's trying to talk about him, and talk about how he's the worst person on Earth, and he isn't," James Thomas, Richard's brother, told 24 Hour News 8.
A cold case team says Richard Thomas killed Elijah Butler more than 40 years ago. Butler, a Marine, came to Michigan to marry his fiancee', Thomas' ex-girlfriend.
A judge could have decided Wednesday if the murder case would go to trial. Instead, lawyers said they needed more time to go through the extensive evidence.
Last month, detectives said they received new evidence to charge Thomas with murder.
Det. Sgt. Sally Wolter of the Michigan State Police told 24 Hour News 8 the break in the case came from using investigative subpoenas.
Then there is the victim's family. 24 Hour News 8 talked to Elijah Butler's brother after the cold case broke open. All Chester Butler has is memories. And the house where Elijah was killed is as empty as Chester's feelings that day.
There has been no date set yet for the preliminary examination, but the defense said it needs at least two weeks.
Thomas is already serving a life sentence for a 1974 murder.
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