Suspect in deadly road rage beating behind bars again


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The 18-year-old charged with murder for a deadly road rage beating is back behind bars after a judge increased his bond yet again.

Christian Hillman is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 64-year-old William McFarlan, who died on Oct. 31 from injuries sustained during the Sept. 29 beating in the 6100 block of Whitneyville Avenue in Caledonia Township.

On Wednesday, a judge raised his bond from $100,000 to $1 million. Hillman was taken back into custody and is currently in the Kent County Jail.

Hillman was previously released from jail after posting bond twice. The first time he posted bond was at the beginning of October, prior to McFarlan’s death, after Hillman was charged with felony assault with intent to do great bodily harm.

Court documents show Hillman claims self-defense. He told detectives McFarlan grabbed his neck. But witnesses described a ruthless attack on McFarlan, including Hillman repeatedly kicking and punching him and then asking friends to take photos of his bloody hands.

McFarlan spent a little over a month in a coma in the hospital before dying from his injures.

On Nov. 10, the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office filed the second-degree murder charge.

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