Defendant pleads guilty in relation to death of Macomb Township teen

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published December 21, 2018

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — It’s been almost three years since Stephen McAfee of Macomb Township went missing.

At a Dec. 13 trial, Eevette MacDonald pleaded guilty to one count of accessory after the fact to a felony and one count of disinterment and mutilation of dead bodies in relation to McAfee’s death.

Her sentencing is set for 8:30 a.m. on Feb. 7. Under the plea deal, MacDonald’s third charge of lying to a police officer will be dismissed at the sentencing. The plea was accepted by Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Jennifer Faunce.

Accessory after the fact is punishable by up to to five years in prison, and disinterment and mutilation of dead bodies is punishable by up 10 years in prison.

MacDonald and Andrew Fiacco were accused in the death, mutilation and disappearance of the 19-year-old McAfee.

Fiacco, 21, is scheduled for trial Jan. 8 on charges of first-degree murder, disinterment or mutilation of a body, felony firearm and lying to a police officer. First-degree murder carries an automatic penalty of life in prison without parole. Fiacco, of Ray Township, has a hearing to compel discovery set for 1:30 p.m. Dec. 26.

In April 2017, Fiacco pleaded guilty to malicious destruction of a building between $1,000 and $20,000 and malicious destruction of property between $200 and $1,000.

McAfee was last seen around 2:30 a.m. March 10, 2016, at his Macomb Township home with his parents.

On March 13, 2016, McAfee’s parents reported him missing, at which time Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said his investigators conducted numerous interviews with family and friends, and even regularly met with a private detective hired by the family.

Police had very few leads until April 26, 2017, when a woman told the Sheriff’s Office that MacDonald, now 19, allegedly told her Fiacco shot McAfee the night he went missing and the two dismembered the body and hid the remains in various locations, including outside Fiacco’s family home, where the victim’s skull and lower extremities were located on April 27, 2017.

Detective Sgt. Mark Morfino testified in August 2017 that he interviewed Fiacco and MacDonald in 2016, but both said they had no information on McAfee’s whearabouts.

Fiacco was charged with first-degree murder, a life felony; disinterment and mutilation of a dead body; lying to a police officer in the investigation of a violent crime, a four-year felony; and using a firearm in the commission of a felony, a two-year felony.

After the the woman came in with information on April 26, 2017, Morfino said he again interviewed MacDonald, who was read her Miranda Rights, and she then indicated the circumstances around McAfee’s death.

MacDonald allegedly told the Sheriff’s Office Fiacco took her to a location in the area of 34 Mile Road and Van Dyke in Bruce Township where he showed her McAfee’s body about a month after his disappearance. She alleged Fiacco was in possession of a handgun at this time.

Morfino said MacDonald told him Fiacco indicated he shot McAfee three times.

In April 2017, the two teens were arrested and arraigned for their role in the alleged killing and mutilation.

During a press conference shortly before the arraignment, Wickersham said his detectives worked exhaustively for more than a year trying to determine what happened to McAfee.

According to a detective in the case, Fiacco had admitted during questioning that he shot McAfee three times — once in the stomach and twice in the back.

Wickersham said McAfee was shot at a vacant plot of land at 34 Mile and Van Dyke.

Fiacco and MacDonald reportedly returned to the location nearly a month after the shooting and dismembered McAfee’s body.

MacDonald’s attorney Josh West did not respond to a message seeking comment.

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