CLINTON COUNTY, Mich. (WLNS) — Preliminary hearings began Tuesday for the deadly shooting of Chong Yang, a hunter who was killed in 2018.
Two men are now facing murder charges following a long investigation.
The high-profile case had a major update in December when the Michigan State Police announced two suspects, Thomas Olson, 34, of Grand Blanc Township, and Robert Rodway, 34, of St. Johns, had been arrested.
Officials say witness testimony, a plastic bag, and hunting spray found near Yang’s body led to the two men.
Now, they sit in the Clinton County Courthouse, facing multiple charges and a possible life sentence.
The Attorney General’s office alleges that the defendants killed Yang on Nov. 16, 2018, while hunting at Rose Lake State Park, and stole the victim’s headlamp, knife, backpack, and shotgun.
So far, attorneys from both sides have questioned Yang’s nephew, one of the family members who found the body, a Bath Township police officer who responded to the scene first, and a case investigator.
They are breaking down what happened on the night the Yang’s body was found, setting the timeline, reviewing photos, and other evidence related to the alleged crime.
A spokesperson for the Yang family said they have been waiting a long time for justice.
“We know that it’s a long way to go, and I have cautioned them about that these two suspects, they have their presumption of innocence until proven guilty, but we are confident that the attorney general has the correct suspects and that they will have a strong case, and we’ll be able to move forward on this,” said Joseph Yang, a spokesperson for the Yang family.
A ‘Pack The Court House’ event is scheduled to coincide with the hearing at the Clinton County Courthouse.
#OrangeJusticeFamily said they continue to look for everyone’s support, and for those who are unable to be present at the courthouse, a YouTube link will be shared on Facebook.
The hearing is expected to take at least a couple more days. At that point, the judge will decide if there is enough evidence for the case to go to trial.