Murder charge comes nearly 40 years after death was ruled suicide

Posted at 10:59 PM, May 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-05 22:59:32-04

CASS COUNTY, Mich. -- Nearly 40 years after a veteran's death was ruled a suicide, Cass County investigators are saying that he may have been killed instead.

Investigators re-opened the case surrounding Robert Stasiak's death in the past couple years. Stasiak was found dead from a gunshot wound in his parents' home in Edwardsburg in 1977. It was believed until recently that he had killed himself.

Stasiak's body was exhumed, and developments led investigators to his cousin - Raymond Richmond - who Cass County Prosecutor Victor Fitz announced is being charged with open murder in connection to the death.

Stasiak - a Navy veteran - was 25 when he was found dead.

Richmond is being held in South Bend, Indiana as he awaits extradition to Michigan.