BERLIN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) - An Ionia County father allegedly admitted to detectives that he shot his daughter in the face, killing her.
Donald Lasley, 73, has been charged with open murder in the death of his daughter Jacquie Osterhout, 37. He allegedly shot her in the living room of their Jordan Lake home Saturday.
During a Sunday afternoon hearing in Ionia County, court documents show, a sheriff's deputy testified that Lasley admitted to shooting his daughter.
Lasley told detectives after the shooting, the records show, that he and his daughter had lived in the home together for about five years. He said she has a history of "being an alcoholic and always using horrible language toward him."
Lasley told investigators his daughter had been dropped off at the home about 30 minutes before the shooting, the deputy testified.
He told detectives she was "yelling profanity at him," the court records say, "when he had gone into the bedroom and retrieved his shotgun. Donald reported that he had removed the trigger lock from the shotgun, loaded two rounds into the pump action shotgun, then returned to the living room. Donald stated that Jacquie had said something to the effect of that he didn't have the nerve to shoot her, when he pulled the trigger intentionally and shot her in the face."
He then called 911 and waited for authorities on the front porch.
When the first deputy arrived on scene that evening, Lasley took offense to being placed in handcuffs. The deputy testified that "he stated that I did not really have to handcuff him; that I was treating him like 'a damn terrorist.'"
Lasley has been cooperative, investigators said.
Court records show Osterhout was arrested Jan. 7 by Ionia County sheriff's officials for a domestic violence incident in which Noel and Donald Lasley, her mother and father, are listed as the victims. Precise details about what happened in January were not immediately available Tuesday.
Osterhout was also accused of assaulting a police officer in connection with the same incident.
In a plea deal with prosecutors, Osterhout pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor domestic violence charge. The assault on a police officer charge was dismissed, records show. She was ordered to pay fines, costs and restitution charges of $875 and to spend 16 days in the county jail.
Nine days prior to her death, Osterhout was charged with assaulting a nurse at an area hospital. That case had not been adjudicated. She also has a prior criminal history, which includes several charges involving alcohol and/or violence.
Lasley has no recorded criminal history in Michigan. He remains held in the Ionia County Jail without bond.
Bethany Murk, 48, was arrested Thursday following a drug bust in Van Buren County.
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