Investigators: Son lied about mother’s killing

Michael Roersma's mug shot from the Ottawa County jail.


GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WOOD) — The 50-year-old man who has been named the prime suspect in his mother’s murder gave very little more than “yes” or “no” answers when questioned by two judges Thursday.

It wasn’t the killing of his mother, but a recent, unrelated drug conviction that accounted for an appearance made by Michael Roersma in Ottawa County Circuit Court.

According to the court, Roersma violated his probation by recently using heroin, having drug paraphernalia and driving without a license.

Michael Roersma appeared in court in Grand Haven Thursday. (Oct. 2, 2014)
(Michael Roersma appeared in court in Grand Haven Thursday. (Oct. 2, 2014)

“Given the nature of the allegation, the defendant is remanded to the custody of the sheriff,” Judge Jon H. Hulsing told Roersma.

Roersma had a video date with the district court as well.

Judge Susan Jonas arraigned Roersma on a charge of lying to police in connection to his mother’s death.

The body of Roersma’s mother, 72-year-old Sharon Roersma, was found in the Grand River Monday morning. She’d been beaten and strangled.

Court documents obtained by 24 Hour News 8 show investigators questioned Michael Roersma Monday. He claimed to know nothing about his mother’s death.

Investigators questioned him again Wednesday when he admitted he was with his mother when she died and that he loaded her body into her vehicle and drove her to the Grand River, placing her body in the water.

But Michael Roersma did not admit to the killing his mother, at least in court documents. Investigators will only say he remains the prime suspect in Sharon Roersma’s death and that the case is still a very active investigation.

Michael Roersma’s attorney, Thomas Smith, says he does not know if or when his client will be charged with Sharon Roersma’s death.

One reason more serious charges haven’t been brought against him may be due to time; both the probation violation and the lying to police charge means Roersma isn’t going anywhere but a jail cell, and that would give investigators more time to build a homicide case against him.

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