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Family holds news event seeking Michigan AG's action in Erik Cross murder case

Decades after a west Michigan teenager's still unsolved murder, his sister is calling on the state's top law enforcement leaders for help. (WWMT/Rachel Glaser)

Decades after a west Michigan teenager's still unsolved murder, his sister is calling on the state's top law enforcement leaders for help.

During a news conference held Tuesday at the Vicksburg gazebo, Cross' sister Jacqueline Mitchell asked Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette to step in and prosecute the case.

Mitchell said, “He was bullied repeatedly in this town, but for him to even see that 35 years later, the small town can say, ‘We're not going to accept the way he was treated, we're not going to accept that he was bullied, we're not going to accept the way he was murdered, we're going to find justice for him,’ it gives hope to me, to Eric, to other teenagers who might also feel like he felt that night, alone, tortured and killed.

Six months ago, Kalamazoo County deputies recommended murder charges against five people they believe played a part in the death of Erik Cross in 1983. But no charges have been filed.

Cross was just 16 when he was found dead in front of his parents' home in Vicksburg.

The attorney general's office told the Newschannel 3 I-team that it hasn't received the letter, so it can't comment on the case.

Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeff Getting also declined to speak about the case, because of the ongoing investigation.


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