Suspects charged in Jackson cold case murder

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JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) — It’s a cold case that’s haunted Jackson for years. And now, it’s finally looking like friends and neighbors of Matthew Cramton will finally get the closure they’re looking for.

56-year-old Cramton was found stabbed to death in his Summit Township home in January, 2009.

Bob and Lola Actley remember it well, a murder scene at the end of their quiet street.

“A friend of theirs went into the house and found Matt dead. I couldn’t even think about it,” Bob Actley said.

6 News brought them the news they’ve been waiting for, two people charged with killing their friend and neighbor  Matthew Cramton.

“It’s very good news,” Actley said.

Several law enforcement agencies worked together to identify these suspects.

“Based on what the major crimes task force did. It did produce evidence that allowed us to charge in this case,” said Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney Jerry Jarzynka.

Investigators say Michael Beatty and Tiffany Reichard, a couple at the time, set out to rob Cramton.

“He was restrained in some fashion, and we allege the defendant, Michael Beatty, killed Matthew Cramton with a knife,” Jarzynka said. “We believe she aided or abetted in the offense.”

Both are charged with open murder.

Reichard was arraigned by video from jail Thursday afternoon.

Beatty is already in prison on unrelated charges.

“We’re very pleased and excited by the investigation outcome,” Jarzynka said.

The prosecuting attorney says more details about the murder will be coming out soon.

In the meantime, neighbors are just glad that suspected killers are off the streets.

“I want to make sure they get brought to justice and get what they deserve,” Actley said.

Both suspects are expected to be back in court later this month for a preliminary hearing.

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