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1 arrested after woman found dead near home in Barry County

Sheriff’s office asks for help finding missing Barry Co. man
Posted at 10:59 AM, Feb 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-20 15:16:35-05

MAPLE GROVE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A woman was found dead Wednesday evening after Barry County Sheriff’s deputies and Nashville police were notified of a possible assault or murder in Maple Grove Township.

The body was found near a home on Guy Road, covered in snow.

One man, Andrew John-Lawrence Lafey of Nashville, Michigan, has been taken into custody.

Police say it is alleged that Lafey beat and shot the woman, who has since been identified as 18-year-old Gracyn-Michael Brickley from Ionia County.

Lafey faces charges of open murder -- a felony and life offense -- and felony firearm, which carries a mandatory two-year prison sentence.

Lafey was arraigned Thursday morning.

A probable cause conference has been set for March 4 at 8:30 a.m. in Hastings District Court.

Bond has been set at $500,000 cash or surety.

Police continue to investigate.

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