Teen accused of murdering half sister to undergo mental exam

Savon Schmus, 16, accused of murdering his sister McKenna Hilton

Savon Schmus, McKenna Hilton
Savon Schmus is arraigned on an open murder charge on Aug. 25, 2016.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A probable cause hearing for a 16-year-old boy accused of murdering his half sister has been postponed while he undergoes a competency exam.

Savon Schmus has been charged as an adult with open murder in the death of 18-year-old McKenna Hilton.

McKenna Hilton
An undated courtesy photo of McKenna Elizabeth Hilton.

Authorities say Schmus confessed to strangling Hilton at the apartment the two shared with their and McKenna’s mother in Lamberton Lakes Apartments, located in the 3000 block of Plaza Drive NE in Grand Rapids. Schmus then allegedly drove Hilton’s body in her car around the other side of Lamberton Lake in Grand Rapids Township where he dumped her body. A person later found her body on Aug. 18 in the brush at Emerald Lake Drive and Valentine Street NE.

Records don’t say what may have led to the homicide.

If convicted, Schmus could face up to life in prison without parole.

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