Trials connected to 2013 murder start Monday

Robert McCombs and Roger Musick (photos courtesy Kent County Correctional Facility website - Dec. 20, 2013)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Two men charged in connection to a December 2013 murder are expected to stand trial starting Monday.

The jury trials for Robert McCombs and Roger Musick are scheduled to begin in Kent County Circuit Court at 8:30 a.m. Both face charges of tampering with evidence in connection to the homicide of Steven Day.

Day was found dead in the snow in December along 16 Mile Road east of Cedar Springs. The medical examiner wrote in an autopsy report that Day was strangled and ruled the death a homicide.

Musick, 38, and McCombs, 63, are accused of moving Day’s body after his death.

The two are suspects in the murder, though neither faces a murder charge. A Kent County sheriff’s detective testified earlier this year that the pair killed Day because he had admitted to molesting a 5-year-old relative decades ago.

The evidence tampering charge is a felony and carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

McCombs also faces a charge of lying to a police officer and being a habitual offender.

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