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New details emerge in Albion murder case

ALBION, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Disturbing new details emerge as a judge tries to decide whether an Albion man will stand trial for his girlfriend's murder.

47 year old Jackie McConnell is charged with 2nd degree murder. He and 42 year old Donna Frost were first reported missing in January. Detectives say McConnell confessed to killing Frost about two weeks later when they tracked him down in North Carolina and told them where to find her body.

Two detectives took the stand in his case today.

Albion Detective Luis Tejada said the couple was in a heated argument inside their Albion home on S. Eaton Street.

It was over Frost's family wanting to leave him over his abusive behavior.

At the time, Frost had a broken ankle because of McConnell's abuse, according to her family. He told detectives she didn't have a pulse after he hit her in the head.

He says he began to cry, dressed her and laid down with her in their bed for hours.

Detective Tejada said McConnell then put Frost in the passenger seat of his car and drove her to his sister's house where he began to drink.

When he came out the next morning, she was cold to the touch. It was then, detectives say, that he decided to dump her body in a pit at a tree farm less than two miles away.

The judge adjourned the case for now because they still have to hear from the coroner.