BURTON, MI – An indictment has been filed against three indicted after a home invasion in Burton left one intruder dead and two people injured in the home, court documents show.
Joshua Childers, 27, and Patricia Rickman, 38, were tried in Genesee County District Court on one count of first-degree home invasion, assault with intent to kill and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm on Thursday, Feb. 18, according to court records. Kyle Layman, 22, was also arraigned on a single count of aiding and abetting after the fact.
Officers from the Burton Police Department responded to a stabbing in the 1400 block of Carman Street at around 12:49 a.m. on Sunday, February 14 and found three people with stabbing injuries.
Johnathon Skaggs, 25, along with Childers and Rickman broke into Skaggs’ ex-girlfriend’s home on Valentine’s Day with intent to harm, Genesee County District Attorney David said. Leyton. Skaggs was armed with a knife. The other two had metal pipes.
Skaggs cut his ex-girlfriend with a knife, Leyton said. Her husband was also stabbed but was eventually able to stab Skaggs with a kitchen knife.
As the suspects attempted to flee the scene in a vehicle driven by Layman, Skaggs collapsed in the house and died, police said. The other two victims were treated at Hurley Medical Center in Flint for non-life threatening injuries, police said.
“It was a family argument that got very, very violent,” Leyton said.
He added that the two residents of the house were acting in self-defense and will not be charged in connection with the incident.
The bond for Childers and Rickman has been set at $ 400,000, according to court documents. The lay bond is set at $ 1,000.
Three children were at home at the time, including Skaggs’ child. The children’s uncle picked them up from the house, Leyton said.
The prosecutor said it was not clear whether the children witnessed the violence.
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