MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — A man accused as an accessory in the kidnapping and murder of Jessica Heeringa could be a step closer to freedom.
A judge Friday lowered the bond for Jeffrey Willis’s cousin Kevin Bluhm, over the protests of the prosecutor.
Bluhm has been in the Muskegon County Jail on a $250,000 bond since his arrest 10 months ago.
But Friday, Judge William Marietti, at the request of Bluhm’s attorney, lowered his bond to $150,000 cash-surety. That means Bluhm can leave jail if he puts the money up himself, or goes through a bondsman. The judge also ordered that he wear a tether, if he is released.
Heeringa disappeared from a Norton Shores gas station, and her body has never been found.
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Bluhm initially told detectives he could take detectives to where Willis hid Heeringa’s body. He then told police he was lying.
Bluhm is a former state prison guard. He already has pleaded guilty to lying to police in both the Heeringa and Bletsch cases.