ROSEVILLE, Mich. (TCD) — A man accused of killing a 62-year-old woman last year faces new charges after investigators say he broke into the victim’s home and committed criminal sexual conduct.
Macomb County Prosecutor Peter Lucido announced that his office added new charges of first-degree premeditated murder, first-degree home invasion, and second-degree criminal sexual conduct against Stephen Freeman on Thursday, Nov. 9. He was previously charged with felony murder, concealing the death of an individual, and receiving and concealing a stolen motor vehicle.
On Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022, Freeman allegedly broke into 62-year-old Gabriele Seitz’s home through a window. Lucido said no one was home at the time, but when the victim arrived, she and Freeman got into an altercation that ultimately ended in her death.
While driving Seitz’s truck later that day, Freeman reportedly collided with a semitruck near Hayes and Common roads and then fled on foot. Roseville Police officers inspected the vehicle to find information about the driver and reportedly located Seitz’s body.
According to the Detroit Free Press, County Assistant Prosecutor Steve Fox said there was a shoelace around the victim’s neck, and she showed “obvious signs of strangulation.”
Lucido said in a statement, “My office has augmented the charges against Stephen Freeman to reflect the gravity of his alleged actions. We stand resolute in our commitment to seeking truth and accountability. Thank you to the Roseville Police Department and the Michigan State Police for their extensive investigation.”
Freeman remains held in the Macomb County Jail without bond.
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