KENTWOOD, Mich. (WOOD) — In an extremely unusual move Thursday, a judge allowed the loved ones of a double murder victim to address the suspect during arraignment.
“I hope you burn in hell,” David Isner’s irate best friend told George Yzaguirre.
Yzaguirre appeared in a Grand Rapids Township courtroom Thursday morning to be arraigned on charges of felony murder and armed robbery in the death of Ed Fuller. In the afternoon, he again appeared in court in Kentwood to be charged with the murder of Isner.
That’s when Judge William Kelly allowed Isner’s family to address Yzaguirre directly, which is unheard of during arraignments. Generally, it’s months or even years before victims’ families get the chance to speak at sentencing.
Loved ones all expressed the same sentiments of disbelief, outrage and fury.
“David was so wonderful to you. He did everything to help you. How could you do this? How could you do this?” a distraught Donna Isner, David Isner’s mother, said.
“How could you do this to me and the kids, man? Take their dad away like that?” Isner’s girlfriend demanded.
“Out of all people you could have done this to, David did not deserve this. He never did anybody wrong. He never did you wrong, George. Burn in hell,” Isner’s best friend said.
Yzaguirre was emotionless throughout the hearing.
Court documents filed Wednesday show Yzaguirre also admitted to stabbing and killing his roommate Isner, 34, on Nov. 28. Detectives said Yzaguirre told them he took offense to something Isner said, so he waited for Isner to lie down, then went into his bedroom and stabbed him repeatedly.
According to a probable cause document filed with the 63rd District Court, Yzaguirre admitted to detectives that he robbed Fuller, 63, and then stabbed him multiple times at Fuller’s Byron Township mobile home. Yzaguirre went on to use or try to use Fuller’s credit cards at several businesses, investigators say.
Yzaguirre, 36, was arrested Tuesday morning after walking into a Wyoming Home Depot and telling workers to call 911 so he could turn himself in.
Kentwood police had already been looking for him. Isner’s family reported him missing Monday morning and when officers went to his home, they found what the police chief called an “alarming amount of blood” that told them something violent had happened.
Isner left behind two children, his loved ones said Thursday.
“My son did not deserve that and this world is just going to be so empty without him,” Donna Isner told News 8 after the arraignment.
She said she wanted Yzaguirre to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
“He didn’t just stab my son, he stabbed us all in the heart and that will never, ever heal,” Donna Isner said, weeping. “And I just hope that bastard rots in hell. Hell is too good for him.”
Yzaguirre is being held at the Kent County jail. He was denied bond in the Fuller homicide.