2018-07-18 / Front Page

Dad murdered getting dialysis

Accused son has brain injury, attorney says
BY ERIC LEVINE
810-452-2689 • elevine @mihomepaper.com


Justin Bonin Justin Bonin A 63-year-old Croswell man was undergoing dialysis when he was stabbed to death by his son.

The remarks and allegation were made by Sanilac County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Brenda Sanford during last week’s arraignment of murder suspect Justin Daniel Bonin.

The 24-year-old Bonin is charged with one count of homicide-open murder in the July 10 stabbing death of his father, Richard Lee Bonin, 63.

The younger Bonin is lodged in the Sanilac County Jail with bond set at $1 million cash or surety.

A probable cause conference is scheduled for July 24 and a preliminary examination set for July 31 in Sanilac County District Court.

Defense attorney Mary Kelly of Port Huron requested a reduced bond at the arraignment, telling district court magistrate Myla Ford her client suffered from a rare form of brain injury caused by an amoeba and had not been taking his medication.

Kelly said Bonin was “no menace” to the community and his “family was supportive of him.” She said Bonin worked for his father’s siding company.

Sanford, though, called the murder a “vicious crime.” She said “the victim was in his bed hooked up to a dialysis machine at the time of the attack and stabbed multiple times.”

Several police agencies were dispatched to the Bonin residence, on Hannah Street near Sanborn Avenue, at 7 a.m. July 10 after a woman called Sanilac Central Dispatch to report her son was stabbing her husband, according to Croswell Chief of Police Dave Hall.

The woman reported her son had left the house and was standing outside.

Lexington police were first on the scene, found the suspect out front, and took him into custody without incident.

Hall arrived at the residence moments later and entered the house.

The deceased victim was found in the master bedroom, said Hall.

The suspected murder weapon, a large kitchen knife was also found in the room, he said.

Authorities continue to work on a motive.

“We have a suspicion but we’re still investigating,” Hall stated.

Witnesses have told police “there have been disputes in the family… Ill feelings between father and son,” the chief stated.

On the morning of the murder, the wife and mother heard “a commotion, sounded like a fight,” and someone screaming, “he’s going to kill me,” said the chief.

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