19-year-old charged with Colon man’s murder

Southwest Michigan
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The scene where a man was found dead in Colon on Nov. 21, 2019. (Courtesy the Sturgis Journal)

COLON, Mich. (WOOD) — The 19-year-old accused of killing a man in Colon was formally charged with murder Friday.

Ethan Dingman was arraigned Friday afternoon on a count of open murder in the death of Todd Schwartz, 55.

Schwartz owned Illusions Hair Care Salon and lived on the property on S. Blackstone Avenue between Franklin and Canal streets. His body was found in a detached garage there Thursday morning.

St. Joseph County Prosecutor John McDonough told News 8 that Schwartz died of blunt force trauma to the head.

McDonough said Schwartz had been trying to help Dingman, who is homeless. The suspect had been living with Schwartz on and off for about the last four months.

Dingman was denied bond Friday.

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