NASHVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) — Sheriff’s detectives in Barry County are investigating the murder of young woman after the suspect apparently recorded video of the murder.
Andrew John-Lawrence Lafey, 21, is being held on an open murder charge. The victim’s name is being withheld until family can be notified.
Two men walked in to the Nashville village police station Wednesday afternoon and told police about the murder and the chilling evidence one of the men said he saw with his own eyes.
News 8 obtained audio of the calls between Barry County dispatchers and deputies assigned to the case and has redacted the name of the person who reported the crime.
“501 has a walk-in with a (name redacted) at his office, stating that an Andrew Lafey possibly shot a female with a .22 and buried her in the ditch sometime last night.”
That audio includes a second shocking revelation.
“Complainant (name redacted) said that he was shown a video of Andrew stomping on a female’s chest,” the caller said.
“Apparently Andrew told his father this last night and they were trying to gather more information.”
Deputies found the victim’s body in a wooded area behind a home on Guy Road. She had been beaten and shot.
Investigators say Lafey, who was arrested at the home a short time later, often stayed there.
On Thursday morning, Lafey was arraigned on open murder and felony firearms charges.
Barry County Prosecutor Julie Nackfoor Pratt told News 8 they’re still trying to determine how Lafey and the victim knew each other. Lafey made statements to detectives, but the prosecutor stopped short of saying he confessed.
Lafey has a criminal record dating back to 2018, which includes misdemeanor assault, burglary and witnesses intimidation. He was also sentenced to five years in prison for a 2019 home invasion in Grand Rapids but was released in September 2020.
Investigators also still trying to determine a motive in the murder, which appears to have happened the night before the body was discovered. It just south of the village of Nashville, so the Barry County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the case.
Lafey faces life in prison if convicted.