KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — One of two key witnesses whose information led authorities to exhume a woman’s body says he wouldn’t be surprised if his younger brother killed their 73-year-old mother.
Evelyn Weeks died on Sept. 9, 2012. At the time, investigators ruled that she died of natural causes. In 2015, investigators were convinced to reopen the investigation into Weeks’ death and order her body exhumed for an autopsy.
Two people were key in that decision, investigators reported to a judge when requesting to exhume the body: the deceased woman’s son, Gary Weeks, and her ex daughter-in-law, Chelsea Weeks.
Chelsea married Joseph Weeks, Evelyn’s other son, on Sept. 3, 2012, he told 24 Hour News 8. She was 19 years old and he was 53.
Six days later, Evelyn Weeks died. Joseph said he returned to the home they shared to find his mother unresponsive. A trained EMT at the time, he said he tried to save her life.
Records show that Chelsea Weeks came forward last year and told investigators that her ex-husband made statements that made her wonder how his mother actually died. She claimed that Joseph Weeks told her that he knew how to use drugs he had at his disposal as an EMT to make a deadly cocktail. He said the person’s death would then look natural, according to records. She also claimed that her husband told her he’d killed before and gotten away with it.
Gary Weeks also made statements mentioned in the report. He claimed that his brother told him in the 1980s that he wanted his parents dead to collect on their inheritance.
Joseph Weeks said he wonders why that information didn’t surface sooner.
“Why would he have not have warned mom?” he said. “If I told him in the ’80s I wanted ’em dead, why didn’t he say anything then?”
In a Tuesday telephone interview from Denver, Gary Weeks answered that question.
“Because I didn’t think — I didn’t have any kind of proof,” he said, adding that the two were drunk when the comment was allegedly made. “Nothing.”
He said he supplied the information when investigators from Kalamazoo County contacted him last year.
“I didn’t bring [the suspicion that Joseph Weeks killed his mother] up,” he said. “I’m not really making the accusation. All I’m saying is I wouldn’t doubt it… I wouldn’t put it past him.”
Joseph Weeks vehemently denies having anything to do with his mother’s death.
“I want the autopsy back tomorrow,” he said. “I did not hurt my mother.”
Gary Weeks said the timing of his mother’s death also raises his suspicions. He said his mother would not have approved of his brother’s decision to marry Chelsea because she was so young.
“She’d have been freaking furious!” he said.
But Joseph Weeks says his brother is only speaking out against him because he was written out of his mother’s will. Joseph was also written out of the will, but says his son was written in and shared the more than $100,000 inheritance with him.
While the brothers may be at odds, they both say they agree on one thing: They want the results from the autopsy.
“I wouldn’t believe anything he says. He’s a pathological liar,” Gary Weeks said of his brother.
“[The autopsy] is the only way to put these fictitious lies to rest,” Joseph Weeks said.