BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — A registered sex offender from Albion whose girlfriend’s body was found this week now faces charges unrelated to her death, though a North Carolina newspaper is reporting he confessed to murdering her.
Wednesday afternoon, Jackie McConnell was arraigned in Calhoun County District Court on a charge of failing to comply with the rules of the sex offender registry and a charge of being a felon in possession of a weapon.
McConnell, 47, and his girlfriend Donna Jean Frost, 42, had been missing for nearly two weeks before he was found Sunday in North Carolina. He was arrested, and information obtained during in interview with him led investigators to Frost’s body, which was found in a field in the 28000 block of F Drive near Albion.
The Hickory Record out of Hickory, N.C. is reporting that McConnell confessed to murdering Frost. The Record said McConnell was found staying with relatives in the town of Conover and that he turned himself in.
But McConnell has not yet been charged with murder. Calhoun County Prosecutor David Gilbert says the investigators’ report on the homicide case has not yet been submitted to his office.
Authorities approved the charges against McConnell before Frost’s body was found and before McConnell was located in North Carolina, according to Gilbert.
The charge of failing to comply with the sex offender registry were issued after the pair went missing, according to Gilbert. Under the requirements of the sex offender registry, McConnell was required to notify authorities after changing his address. However, Gilbert said, McConnell did not register a new address and did not report a change in his employment.
And while investigating Frost’s disappearance, authorities were told that McConnell owned a .22 rifle, Gilbert said. Because McConnell has a criminal record, he is not permitted to own a gun. The rifle in question as not been linked to Frost’s death at this point, Gilbert said.
McConnell’s bond was set at $100,000 Wednesday. He is expected back in court for a preliminary hearing on Feb. 11.