MCGREGOR, MI – Sanilac County Sheriff’s Investigators found a 40-year-old Deckerville man dead in his home from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head with the weapon still present. The male subject was the primary suspect in connection with the homicide of 35-year-old Billy Chernow Jr. of McGregor.
Facts gathered early in the investigation regarding Billy’s whereabouts the night of his death and his relationship with the Deckerville male suspect confirmed the murder was personal in nature.
The suspect, who was believed to have taken Billy’s cell phone Saturday night, volunteered many theories on how the homicide happened, but when asked to meet with investigators on several occasions to give his formal statement he avoided them and became intentionally unavailable.
The suspect’s actions, inconsistent witness statements and other evidence led to the authorization and execution of a search warrant of the suspect’s vehicle and home in the 6000 block of Shabbona Road in Forester Township in the afternoon of October 17th, 2014.
The search warrant was executed by Sanilac County Sheriff’s Deputies, Sanilac County Drug Task Force Investigators with assistance from the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team. It was during the search warrant process the suspect was discovered deceased.
“First of all I want to thank the investigators for the tireless efforts over the past several days. I want to offer my condolences to the families and friends involved and am hopeful this turn of events offers the family closure and restores a sense of security to the community”, stated Sheriff Biniecki.
The investigation will continue pending crime lab analysis and ballistic reports and the public is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau at 810-648-8360 with any information they feel may pertain to the case.
The suspect’s name is not being released at this time.