Funeral Monday for crossbow murder victim

Muskegon County
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NORTON SHORES, Mich. (WOOD) — A Norton Shores man who was shot and killed with a crossbow bolt while standing in his driveway was laid to rest Monday.

The funeral service for 20-year-old Marcus Olmstead was held at the Lee Chapel in Norton Shores immediately after his visitation.

Olmstead was murdered Dec. 26. His twin brother found him lying in the driveway of the family’s home on Leon Street, with the crossbow bolt still in his abdomen.

Olmstead’s stepmother said the last time he was seen alive was when he went outside around 8:30 p.m. to wait for a girl he had been messaging.

However, prosecutors say the person who set up the meeting was actually the girl’s boyfriend, 20-year-old Nyoky Bull of Grant. Prosecutors say Bull admitted to taking over his 18-year-old girlfriend’s Instagram account to set up the ambush, then buying two crossbow bolts before the murder.

Prosecutors said Bull also admitted to shooting Olmstead.

Police aren’t sure of a motive, but they are looking at the possibility of jealousy. They say it wasn’t a random, impetuous act.

Muskegon County Prosecutor’s Chief Trial Attorney Matt Roberts said there was no indication Olmstead was acting in a threatening way during the conversation on Instagram.

Police questioned Bull’s girlfriend Thursday at her Grand Rapids apartment when he showed up and was arrested, Roberts said.

Bull is being held without bond in the Muskegon County Jail on an open murder charge. He’s expected back in court in January to determine if he’ll stand trial.

Roberts said Bull’s girlfriend is considered a witness in the case and is not facing charges.

Olmstead was a 2017 graduate of Mona Shores High School, where he sang in the choir and played football, according to his online obituary with Sytsema Funeral and Cremation Services. The posting says Olmstead attained the Life rank as a Boy Scout and mentored other scouts as a camp counselor.

The obituary says Olmstead, a Muskegon Community College student, wanted to attend Michigan State University and be a father someday.

He leaves behind his twin brother, parents, stepbrother and two half-siblings.

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