Blemke pleads no contest to second-degree murder


MARQUETTE — A 25-year-old Ishpeming man originally charged with homicide — open murder pleaded no contest to second-degree murder Tuesday.

In June 2016 Derek Blemke was accused of fatally stabbing 21-year-old Brandon Allen LaFavre at a Wright Street apartment in Marquette. According to the autopsy report, LaFavre suffered 24 knife wounds including a fatal one to the heart.

According to Marquette County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Wiese, Blemke could face up to life in prison if charged.

Blemke is scheduled for sentencing at 10 a.m. on Oct. 16.

Jaymie Depew can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206. Her email address is