Man charged in Lake Odessa killing

Ionia County

LAKE ODESSA, Mich. (WOOD) — A man has been charged with murder in the death of a woman at a Lake Odessa mobile home park Monday night.

The Lake Odessa Police Department said officers were called to Lakewood Mobile Estates, located on Tupper Lake Road near Jordan Lake Avenue, around 10 p.m. for a report of an injured woman.

The home at the Lakewood Mobile Estates in Lake Odessa where police say a woman was killed Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. (Aug. 4, 2020)

The victim, a 47-year-old woman identified in court as Tina Salas, was already dead by the time officers arrived.

Lake Odessa Police Chief Kendra Backing said Salas’ injuries were “very apparent” but did not indicate how she died.

The suspect, Jesse James Thompson, was arraigned on a count of open murder in Ionia County District Court Tuesday afternoon.

Backing said the victim and suspect knew each other. The police chief did not provide any additional information about what led up to the killing.

Online Michigan State Police records show Thompson, 29, has a history of felony assault, misdemeanor domestic assault, misdemeanor breaking and entering, and felony drug convictions, as well as some misdemeanor traffic charges, out of Livingston and Genesee counties.

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