Two men charged in killing of Macomb Township resident

By: Joshua Gordon | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published November 1, 2017



MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Two Macomb Township men have been charged with second-degree murder following the death of a man they allegedly robbed and left for dead in a field off of Oliver Street.


According to the Macomb County Sheriff's Office, deputies were dispatched around 7:40 a.m. Oct. 5 to Oliver after receiving a call from a resident that found Jack Kitchen lying in a field near the caller's home.


Kitchen, 55, of Macomb Township, had visible injuries and was unable to speak, the Sheriff's Office said. Deputies were able to identify him after canvassing the neighborhood. Kitchen died due to his injuries in the hospital on Oct. 25.


The Sheriff's Office received tips that led them to Nicholas Riddle, 38, Jamel Bentley, 29, and Teri Beals, 17, all of Macomb Township. Warrants were issued for all three suspects after interviews were conducted with them and other people.


Macomb County Sgt. Renee Yax did not go into details of the incident that occurred between Bentley, Riddle and Kitchen, but said it was not a gunshot, rather assault that resulted in injuries from a physical fight.


Bentley and Riddle were charged with second-degree murder, a life felony, while Beals was charged with lying to a police officer, a two-year felony. Beals’ attorney, Jayne Labuda-Szymanski, said Beals was not involved in the assault that led to Kitchen's death.


"Ms. Beals was too far removed from the activity and had no active involvement and was not part of hiding any activity," Labuda Szymanski said.

Bentley and Riddle were originally charged with assault to do bodily harm and unarmed robbery, according to court documents, but the charges were upped when Kitchen died.


Beals was arraigned Oct. 12 in 41-A District Court of Shelby Township with bond set at $2,000. Her case was bound over to the Macomb County Circuit Court with her next court appearance scheduled for Nov. 13.


Bentley and Riddle were arraigned Oct. 31 in district court with bond set at $250,000. Both are due back in court on Nov. 9, with Bentley bound over to circuit court, according to his attorney, Jeffery Cojocar.

A district court official said Riddle was still scheduled to appear in district court as of Nov. 1. Riddle's attorney, Genevieve Taylor, could not be immediately reached for comment.