Erik Cross case in hands of prosecutors: 5 murder charges sought

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Newschannel 3 has confirmed through multiple sources that the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office has turned over its investigation of the death of Erik Cross to the prosecutor’s office, and requested the filing of five open murder or conspiracy to commit murder charges.

Assistant County Prosecutor Scott Brower confirmed that they have the case and are reviewing it.

Cross was killed in 1983; his body was left outside his parents home on Y Avenue in Vicksburg, Michigan. He was 16 at the time.

On Friday, 34 years later, the sheriff’s department asked that murder charges be filed against Brent Spaulding and his father, Brian Spaulding, as well as Brent’s girlfriend at the time, Amber Thomas. They also requested murder charges for Bill Cook and Tim Martin, who were high school friends of Brent.

The request for charges from the sheriff’s department does not mean that those charges have been authorized or that anyone has been charged or arrested.

Family and friends of Cross have held rallies and posted signs and billboards across town for several years to push for a resolution to the case.

Read more:

Family of Erik Cross works to raise awareness

Police: Cover-up in 32-year-old case falling apart

Family and friends react to break in cold case

Cold case investigation picks up steam in Kalamazoo County

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