New details of cold case murder revealed in court hearing

JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) -- New details came to light Tuesday involving a 7-year-old cold case murder.

6 News was in the courtroom as a preliminary hearing was held for Tiffany Reichard.

The 25-year-old, along with her former boyfriend, are charged with open murder in the 2009 slaying of Matthew Cramton.

Deputy James Moore of the Jackson County Sheriff's office was the first person to testify at the hearing.

He recalled back to January, 2009 when he was the first investigator at the scene of the brutal murder.

"I observed a large blood stain on a mattress. His hands were bound behind his back with an electrical cord," Moore said.

Two of Cramton's friends called authorities after finding the 56-year-old stabbed to death in his Summit Township home.

The medical examiner says Cramton was stabbed 91 times.

The case went cold for seven years.

In August of this year, all of that changed when a prime suspect in the case came forward.

"Michael Beatty admitted his involvement, saying Tiffany Reichard was involved in the homicide as well," said Detective Bryan Huttenlocker of the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

Tiffany Reichard allegedly told detectives that she and Beatty, a couple at the time, planned this as a robbery.

"So the plan was for Tiffany to knock at the door. Beatty would be hiding in a bush. When Mr. Cramton opened the door, Mr. Beatty would rush in and commit the robbery. Her involvement was then to be a look-out," Huttenlocker said.

According to investigators, Reichard said Beatty came out of the house holding cash covered in blood.

They also say that she admitted to burning his bloody clothes in a grill.

This past August, investigators recovered a possible murder weapon.

"He had told me during one of the interviews that he had tossed the knife over a fence behind his house," Huttenlocker said.

Huttenlocker says the investigators were able to recover a knife blade in that area.

The medical examiner says that kind of knife is most likely consistent with Cramton's stab wounds.

Charged with open murder, Reichard's case was bound over to circuit court.

Beatty, who's already in prison for a different crime, waived his right to a preliminary exam.

No trial date was set.

However, the judge indicated it could start sometime in November.



JACKSON, Mich (WLNS) - The woman accused of a 2009 murder of a Summit Township man has been bound over for trial.

According to prosecutors Tiffany Reichard killed Matthew Cramton back in January of 2009.

They say the 25-year-old helped her boyfriend, Michael Beatty, rob and murder Cramton inside the victim's Summit Township home.

Reichard's preliminary examination was held this morning in Jackson and she will be tried on an Open Murder charge.

She faces life in prison if convicted on the Open Murder charge.

Michael Beatty waived his preliminary examination and has also been bound over for trial.

6 News had a crew in the courtroom today and we'll be updating this story online and on 6 News tonight

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