Ada teen faces murder charge after beating victim dies

Undated courtesy photo of William McFarlan (Courtesy GoFundMe.com/HelpMcFarlanFamily)
Undated courtesy photo of William McFarlan (Courtesy GoFundMe.com/HelpMcFarlanFamily)

CALEDONIA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) —  A man charged in a suspected road rage attack that eventually led to a Kent County man’s death is now facing a murder charge.

The Kent County Prosecutor announced Wednesday it had “enhanced” the charge against Christian William Hillman to second-degree murder following the death of William McFarlan.

McFarlan, 64, died on Monday as a result of injuries from the Sept. 29 incident, according to his obituary.

McFarlan was severely beaten in what witnesses described as a road rage incident  in the 6100 block of Whitneyville Avenue in Caledonia Township.

When authorities arrived, they found him lying by the side of the road, severely beaten. McFarlan suffered multiple fractures to his face and ribs and had bleeding on his brain, according to the probable cause documents.

Nearly a week after the incident Hillman was arrested in connection to the suspected road rage attack.

An Oct. 26, 2016 mug shot of Christian William Hillman.
An Oct. 26, 2016 mug shot of Christian William Hillman.

The 18-year-old was previously ordered to stand trial for assault with intent to commit great bodily harm. He is also charged with using marijuana, based on his state when authorities arrested him at his parents’ home.

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Online:

McFarlan Family’s GoFundMe page