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Suspect in decades-old Erik Cross case arrested on aggravated stalking charges

Brent Spaulding was arrested and arraigned Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, on a charge of aggravated stalking. (Contributed)

One of the suspects in a decades-old Kalamazoo County murder case is in jail on a different charge.

Brent Spaulding was arrested and arraigned Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, on a charge of aggravated stalking.

In October, the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office turned over to the prosecutor its investigation into the 1983 death of then-high school student Erik Cross. The sheriff’s office asked the prosecutor's office to file five open murder or conspiracy to commit murder charges against Spaulding, his father, two friends and a woman who was Brent Spaulding's girlfriend at the time.

Cross was 16-years-old when investigators said he was hit by a car and killed in Vicksburg, Michigan.

Spaulding, in October, pleaded no contest to previous charges of trespassing and stalking. At that hearing, Kalamazoo County assistant prosecuting attorney Jason Werkema said Spaulding has a history of legal problems.

“Going back to 2013, there are several charges authorized and convictions entered against Mr. Spaulding,” Werkema said. “He needs to go in a different direction and leave his victim alone in the future.”

Following the October pleading, Spaulding was sentenced to 180 days in jail for the stalking and trespassing charges, with credit for time he’d already served. He was released Nov. 12, 2017.


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