Ada teen faces murder charges in road rage incident

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

CALEDONIA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — The 18-year-old man accused of the brutal road-rage assault of a 64-year-old man in September is now officially facing murder charges.

The Kent County Prosecutor’s Office confirmed to 24 Hour News 8 that the charges were filed this week against Christian Hillman following the Oct. 31 death of victim William McFarlan.

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

During a court hearing last month, witnesses claimed they saw the beating of William McFarlan as he was helpless, lying motionless on the road in the 6100 block of Whitneyville Avenue in Caledonia Township on Sept. 29.

Hillman was originally charged with assault which carries a maximum of 10 years while second-degree murder is a life offense. He remains in jail on a $100,000 bond and is scheduled to be back in court Dec. 1.

A man driving by testified he saw Hillman kick the man on the ground two or three times and then use an obscene taunt at the man.

Later, another friend said he saw Hillman back at his home and that the suspect had blood on his hands. The friends photographed the bloody hands.

An emergency room doctor said the beating damaged McFarlan’s brain and fractured his ribs and put him in a coma a hair’s breadth away from death.

McFarlan would die on Oct. 31.