Step-grandfather charged in the murder of Kalamazoo teen

Posted at 4:06 PM, Jan 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-08 20:06:49-05

KALAMAZOO, Mich. - A Kalamazoo man has been officially charged in the murder of his step-grandson.

Bruce Embry - booking photo

Bruce Embry - booking photo

Bruce Embry, 53, was arraigned Friday afternoon on Open Murder and Felony Firearms charges in the death of Temetrion Hegler, 17.  Hegler was shot and killed Wednesday afternoon in their home in the 1400 block of Lane Boulevard.

"As the officers entered the residence, they encountered Bruce Embry, who walked towards officers with his hands raised," said Kalamazoo Public Safety detective Cory Ghiringhelli during the probable cause hearing.

"I shot him," Bruce Embry told officers in a calm and clear voice. "Take me to jail," as he turned around and placed his hands behind his back.

During his arraignment, Kalamazoo County District Judge Christopher T. Haenicke asked Embry if he had anything to say. Embry shook his head, hung it low, and said, "I didn't mean to shoot him."

Embry is currently being held without bond in the Kalamazoo County Jail.

According to court documents, Embry is a registered sex offender in Michigan and has two prior convictions: one for larceny in 2012, and one for aggravated assault in 2004.