Washtenaw Co. Furlough Days Delay Arraignment In U of M Murder Case

Posted at 5:44 PM, Nov 08, 2013
and last updated 2013-11-08 17:52:49-05

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — It was a murder that shocked people across the state.  A University of Michigan student found dead in his fraternity in Ann Arbor.

Nearly Three Months later, three arrests have been made in connection with the killing of Paul DeWolf.

However, it’s taking longer than anticipated to find out just who is under arrest for the murders.

More details were expected to come out at arraignment on Friday, however it was delayed.

The court process was slowed due to furlough days in Washtenaw County, and on Monday, the Veteran’s Day holiday will keep the courts closed.

Police are only saying that the three suspects were not students or faculty at U of M and were not members of the Air Force where Paul served as a Second Lieutenant.

In fact, police confirmed the three would have been strangers to Paul prior to the crime.

One of the original theories in the case was that it was a robbery, but police still aren’t confirming whether or not that was a possible motive or reason for the crime.

 Public Information Officer Renee Bush said that the arrests were not made because of a tip, but because of good detective work.

Crime lab findings also played a role. She said police had to wait awhile to get the results back from the lab on some of the evidence and they are still waiting on more.

As of Friday, she said a weapon still had not been located that was used in the crime.

Paul’s father, Thom DeWolf, said when they find out who the accused are, he will do his best to focus on his Christian values.

“I think at some points I can be extremely bitter my entire life or start the healing process and hopefully begin the forgiving process. I say that now. That’s what I hope I can come to at some point is to be able to forgive,” said Thom.

Students also want to know who would kill one of their fellow students.

“I know that justice was upheld and it will be served out through the judicial system. But, it’s kind of scary that it happened right in my backyard and in my neighborhood,” said William Branner, U of M student.