CASCADE TOWNSHIP, MICH. - The teen accused of beating a 64-year-old man in a case of road rage could be facing new charges.
During the preliminary hearing Wednesday, Oct. 26, for 18-year-old Christian Hillman, the prosecutor said the victim, Andy McFarlan, is in hospice and will not survive his injuries.
That means it will turn into a murder case.
Hillman appeared in 63rd District Court on charges of assault with intent to do great bodily harm. He is accused of severely beating McFarlan on Sept. 29.
One of the witnesses said he was with Hillman that night driving an ATV. Hillman was on a dirt bike.
The two became separated and when the witness said he finally found Hillman, he was pulled over to the side of the road and saw him kicking a man who was unconscious on the ground, next to his pick-up truck.
"The man was lying on the ground with his pants to his ankles, spread eagle … Um, he [Hillman] had kicked him once," the witness said. "I yelled at him to get off him and that we should leave.”
The prosecutor asked the witness what he heard Hillman say to McFarlan.
“He said that's what you get for f---ing with me," the witness said.
Investigators are calling this a road rage incident, but there is still no indication what started it. Hillman claims McFarlan grabbed his neck.
However, another witness said Hillman told him he beat someone up and it "felt so good."
Judge Sara Smolenski said there was enough evidence to send the case to circuit court. She also raised Hilllman's bond and sent him back to jail.
The prosecutors also said at this point, McFarlan is in hospice and likely has only a few days to live. If he dies, the charges would be raised to second-degree murder.
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