Man returned to GR to face murder charge

An undated courtesy photo of Marie Nettles and DeMarco Carnegie's Feb. 23, 2014 Kent County jail booking photo.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A man who was arrested in California has been returned to Kent County to face charges for murdering a woman in August 2013.

DeMarco Marquis Carnegie, 28, was arraigned Monday afternoon in Grand Rapids’ 61st District Court on charges of open murder and being a habitual offender.

Carnegie is accused of strangling 47-year-old Marie Nettles. Her naked body was found along the Plaster Creek Trail behind Ken-O-Sha Elementary in Grand Rapids on the morning of Aug. 8, 2013.

Grand Rapids police respond to the scene where Marie Nettles's body was found along Plaster Creek Trail. (Aug. 8, 2013)
Grand Rapids police respond to the scene where Marie Nettles’s body was found along Plaster Creek Trail. (Aug. 8, 2013)

Carnegie was arrested in the Bakersfield, Calif. area in late August and was sentenced to 11 years in prison for threatening a couple with a hammer and robbing them.

On Sept. 30, a hit off the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) indicated that DNA collected from Nettles’s body was Carnegie’s.  In October, the Grand Rapids Police Department filed a request for a new DNA sample from Carnegie and began the extradition process.

According to the search warrant affidavit seeking the DNA, a GRPD automated license plate reader captured an image of the car Carnegie was known to be driving in an area known for prostitution on the night of Aug. 7. Grand Rapids police say Nettles was known to have a history of prostitution that is believed to have played a role in her death.

Carnegie was also arraigned Monday in a separate Aug. 8 case on charges of armed robbery and being a habitual offender.

Bond in both cases was denied Monday. Carnegie is expected back in court for a preliminary hearing on both cases on March 10.

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