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Michigan Man Out On Bond For Torturing Girlfriend Allegedly Murdered Her, His Mother And Stepfather: Officials

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Source: Detroit Police Department; UNSPLASH

Jul. 21 2022, Published 2:11 p.m. ET

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A Michigan man is accused of stabbing his mother before attacking his girlfriend and stepfather and bludgeoning them to death, police said.

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Jonathan Welch, 23, faces multiple charges in connection to the incident earlier this month, including three counts of first-degree murder, three counts of assault with intent to murder, one count of second-degree arson, seven counts of felonious assault, and six counts of felony firearm, according to CBS Detroit.

Just after 8 p.m. on July 10, Welch was at the home of his mother, Flossie Bray, 42, in Harper Woods when a female phoned 911.

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“The caller stated that someone in there is holding her hostage,” an emergency dispatcher said, WDIV-TV reported. “She was trying to explain the situation, and then a lot of screaming started, and the phone disconnected.”

According to police, Welch allegedly used a butcher knife to stab his mother in the back multiple times.

Officials claimed the suspect then murdered 22-year-old Zlayiah Frazier, his girlfriend with whom he had a 1-year-old son, and his stepfather, Robert Bray Jr., 70, and then started the home on fire.

“He leaned out the window and dropped the baby on the grass,” a neighbor told WDIV-TV of Welch. “The baby was naked — while the house was on fire. This all was happening while the house was on fire.”

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Police responding to the victims’ home found Welch’s child in the backyard, and the suspect allegedly fired at officers from inside the home during a seven-hour standoff, officials said.

Law enforcement took Welch into custody when he exited the residence through the front door.

Bray died from her stabbing injuries on July 16.

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At the time of the incident, Welch reportedly was out on $100,000 bond his mother put up after he was accused of torturing and sexually assaulting his girlfriend on June 2.

"Because he was not incarcerated, [the girlfriend] is now dead, his father is now dead, his mother is in a hospital bed," attorney James Galen, Jr. said before Bray succumbed to her wounds. “He’s got a baby out there that most likely will never see his father again and will never have a chance to know the baby's mother.”

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