Man accused of 4 murders heading to trial

2010 file photo of Leon Means from the Michigan Department of Corrections.


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) – A Muskegon Heights man accused of killing four women has agreed to go directly to trial in circuit court.

Leon Means, 61, is charged with the deaths of 63-year-old Anna Lawson and 62-year-old Judy Bushman, whose bodies were found on Oct. 14 in their homes only a few blocks apart, as well as the deaths of his estranged wife Cynthia Lou Herrera Means, 30, and her 48-year-old mother Linda Lou Herrera, both of whom were stabbed to death in 1989 after he escaped from prison.

Means was in a district courtroom Wednesday to tell the judge he wants to go straight to trial and forego the preliminary hearing that was schedule Wednesday.

Left to right: Linda Lou Herrera and her daughter Cynthia Lou Herrera Means in a file photo, Judy Bushman and Anna Lawson. (Courtesy photos)
Left to right: Linda Lou Herrera and her daughter Cynthia Lou Herrera Means in a file photo, Judy Bushman and Anna Lawson. (Courtesy photos)

He has admitted to all four of the murders.

Means was initially charged with the 1989 murders, but the charges were dropped after he was convicted of escaping from prison to give authorities time to build their case.

However, the murder charges were never refiled. He was released from prison in 2012.

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“I’m just hurt that the justice system did not work when it should have worked back in ’89. He should have never been out of prison. He should never have been allowed to be released,” said Lawson’s niece Tesa Griffin. “They should have done more investigating before they released him from prison.”

The court has not set a date for the trial.

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