BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — A Battle Creek man is now charged with murdering another man whose body was found in the trunk of an impounded car.
Marko McGee, 48, was formally charged Wednesday with six crimes in connection to the death of 43-year-old Diabulo White, Calhoun County Prosecutor David Gilbert confirmed.
White’s girlfriend found his body in the trunk of her Toyota Camry around 9:40 a.m. Monday, when she went to Tiger’s Towing to retrieve the vehicle.
Battle Creek police said White had been shot in the head at another location, then loaded into the trunk of the car. An autopsy is scheduled to determine how exactly he died.
White was last seen alive Friday night and reported missing Saturday. a homeowner noticed the Toyota Camry parked on their property in the first block of Helen Montgomery Avenue and called the towing company, which in turn called police. However, officers didn’t search the vehicle because it was locked and hadn’t been tied to a crime yet.
A tip to Silent Observer led police to McGee, who ran from officers. Police found a handgun near where he was arrested and evidence at his home in the 100 block of Somerset Avenue, according to Detective Sgt. Todd Elliott.
McGee is charged with open murder, resisting arrest, felony firearm, carrying a concealed weapon, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and his fourth offense of being a habitual offender. He’s being held without bond, according to police.
It’s unclear what sparked the shooting, but White had a long criminal history that included drug convictions.