CENTREVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) — The man police suspect killed 11-year-old Jodi Parrack more than six years ago has been ordered to stand trial — but not on murder charges.
Jodi Parrack was found strangled to death in the Constantine Township Cemetery in November 2007.
Raymond McCann, 46, was arrested in April in connection to her death.
Police believe McCann killed Jodi, but have not been able to gather the evidence to charge him with murder.
So they got an investigative subpoena and interviewed McCann. They said they found multiple inconsistencies in the information he gave them during a total of 22 hours of interviews over the past six years.
He originally faced only one count of perjury, but during a Wednesday hearing, the St. Joseph County prosecutor asked for five counts based on five separate lies McCann allegedly told.
McCann’s attorney called it an absurd prosecution, saying authorities are pursuing the charges only because they could not charge McCann with murder. He asked that the case be dismissed.
But after a nearly four-hour hearing, Judge Robert Pattinson decided there was enough evidence to send McCann to trial on all five charges.
“I’m glad that things went well for the prosecution’s side and that he is being charged with five counts of perjury instead of just one,” Jodi’s mother Jo Gilson said after the hearing.
Gilson was among those who testified against McCann Wednesday. She and police believe McCann killed Jodi.
“There has been nobody charged for the murder of Jodi Parrack. So if you’re lying about something relative to a homicide, I don’t know how you could not categorize somebody as a suspect,” Michigan State Police cold case Det. Bryan Fuller said. “What other reason would there be to lie?”
McCann’s attorney also asked that his client’s $225,000 bond be reduced, citing McCann’s lack of criminal history, but was denied. That means McCann remained held in the St. Joseph County Jail.
Future court dates have not yet been set.
McCann could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted.