Murder charges filed in Latrice Maze case

6:23 PM, May 7, 2013   |    comments
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Jahleel Hoskins

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- The boyfriend of a missing Grand Rapids woman will soon face charges.

Jahleel Hoskins, 25, is accused of killing Latrice Maze, 26, who has been missing since March 19. At the time, they lived together at a home on Burton Street SW.

"He reports to us that he saw her last on March 19, he left that apartment briefly and came back in the afternoon, and she wasn't there," says Capt. Jeff Hertel with the Grand Rapids Police Department.

Friends and family say Hoskins and Maze argued earlier in the day; they suspected Hoskins had something to do with her disappearance.

Over the past six weeks, investigators have conducted several search warrants and done numerous interviews. "Basically pulling info out of people that are very reluctant to cooperate," says Hertel.

Hoskins was arrested on April 23 on a parole violation. He's been in the Kent County Jail ever since.

Tuesday, the Kent County Prosecutor authorized a warrant for Open Murder, Tampering with Evidence, and Habitual Offender-4th offense. Hoskins is also charged with perjury.

Grand Rapids police told the family late last week that the case was being investigated as a homicide. "Hopefully, through these six weeks, what we're getting to now will answer some of their questions as to what happened to their loved one," says Hertel.

A second man, Gregory Shanklin, was also arrested and charged with weapons violations and is believed to be connected to the case as well.

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