GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Jahleel Hoskins, the boyfriend of Grand Rapids missing woman Latrice Maze, has been arraigned on charges of open murder, evidence tampering and perjury.
The arraignment occurred Wednesday afternoon in 61st District Court despite the fact that Maze's body has not yet been found.
During the arraignment, Hoskins asked for a court-appointed attorney, but said nothing in relation to the charges against him.
However, court documents showed that witnesses had come forward with information that Hoskins made admissions of killing Maze and disposing her body, and the arrest affidavit obtained by 24 Hour News 8 said "the suspect has no alibi and offers conflicting accounts of his whereabouts."
Court documents also stated that Maze's murder occurred at the home she shared with Hoskins at 47 Burton Street SW.
Maze, 26, was last seen on March 19 near Division Avenue and Burton Street. Initially, police did not say that they were investigating her disappearance as a criminal case, although that changed on April 30 when police said they were operating under the assumption that Maze was no longer alive.
On Tuesday, 24 Hour News 8 spoke with a neighbor of Hoskins and Maze, who said that she often heard the couple fight in their home.
However, after the mother of five went missing, that neighbor said the fighting stopped and she saw Hoskins leaving the home, trying to hide a large bag of cleaning supplies.
A judge denied bond for Hoskins during Wednesday's arraignment.
Another man connected to Maze's case, Gregory Shanklin, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Wednesday on the weapons charges he faces, but that was adjourned because his defense attorney needed more time to review documents. A new date has not yet been scheduled.
24 Hour News 8 is covering Wednesday's developments in the case and will have the latest on 24 Hour News 8 at 5. Also check back with woodtv.com for updates.
A donation account has been set up to help the family with its search to find a missing loved one.
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