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Murder suspect in court

January 11, 2010
By CLAIRE ABENT Journal Staff Writer

MARQUETTE -Leslie Burton Bushong, 46, of Ishpeming was arraigned today in 96th District Court on charges of second-degree murder in the death of a 51-year-old Ishpeming man.

Bushong appeared via video feed before Judge Roger Kangas in the 96th District Court in Marquette.

Second-degree murder does not not involve premediation. The felony carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.

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Police responded to a home at 320 W. Johnson St. in Ishpeming Jan. 5 following a 911 call reporting an unresponsive male, identified as Wayne Perry, 51, of Ishpeming. Police said Perry was taken to Bell Hospital by EMS where he was pronounced dead.

The cause of death was initially thought to be a drug overdose but an autopsy completed Thursday revealed head injuries that were not visible to the naked eye, causing investigators to suspect homicide.

The suspect was arrested without incident Friday in the 1800 block of Randall Drive in Ishpeming Township. Officers from the Michigan State Police and the Marquette County Sheriff's Office made the arrest.

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Bushong is currently being held in the Marquette County Jail on a $500,000 bond. He was issued a court appointed attorney today. A preliminary hearing has been set for Jan. 25 at 3 p.m.

Bushong is a convicted sex offender, listed in the Michigan State Police's public sex offender registry. According to that database he was convicted of two counts of criminal sexual conduct, second-degree assault, in 1988 and one count of criminal sexual conduct, assault with intent to commit sexual penetration, in 1991.



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