Former security guard charged with murder in Danielle Stislicki case

By: Kayla Dimick | C&G Newspapers | Published March 6, 2019

 Rich and Ann Stislicki attended the arraignment in Farmington Hills March 6.

Rich and Ann Stislicki attended the arraignment in Farmington Hills March 6.

Photo by Deb Jacques


Rich Stislicki was really hoping to look his daughter’s alleged killer in the eyes.

Floyd Russell Galloway Jr. was arraigned March 6 at the 47th District Court in front of Judge James B. Brady, over two years after Danielle Stislicki went missing.

Galloway is charged with one count of first-degree premeditated murder, a felony that could carry a life sentence without parole, according to Brady.

“It is alleged in the complaint and warrant before the court that on or about Dec. 2, 2016, within the city of Farmington Hills, that you did deliberately — with the intent to kill and with premeditation — kill and murder one Danielle Stislicki,” Brady said.

Parents Rich and Ann Stislicki, surrounded by friends and family, watched as Galloway was arraigned via video conference from prison.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced the charges against Galloway during a March 5 press conference in Lansing. Farmington Hills Police Chief Chuck Nebus joined Nessel in the announcement.

At the press conference, Nessel said she believes there is “more than enough” evidence to charge Galloway with murder. Nessel was briefed on the investigation after she took office in January, she said, and she took over the case from Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper.

Cooper could not be reached for comment by press time.

In December, Galloway was sentenced to 16-35 years in prison for the Sept. 4, 2016, attempted rape of a Hines Park jogger in Livonia. Prior to that arrest in June 2017, Galloway was considered a person of interest in the Danielle Stislicki case.

Galloway is a former security guard who worked for a contracted company that previously provided security at MetLife in Southfield. According to the release, Galloway was acquainted with Stislicki at work.

Although Danielle Stislicki, 28, was last seen in Southfield, according to Farmington Hills police, her vehicle was left at her home at Independence Green Apartments, in Farmington Hills, in the area of Halsted Road and Grand River Avenue.

While Danielle’s body has not yet been recovered, Nessel said during the press conference that the evidence against Galloway in the case is “compelling.”

During the March 6 hearing, Brady entered a plea of not guilty on behalf of Galloway. Bond in the case was denied.

“Normally, the last matter would be the matter of bond,” Brady said. “Bond is denied in this particular case for obvious reasons.”

Jim Williams, Galloway’s attorney, said he was only appearing with Galloway for the purpose of the arraignment.

Brady said that following the hearing, Galloway will be given a court-appointed attorney.

Rich Stislicki said the charges were a long time coming.

“I wish there was a close-up of Mr. Galloway. I was really hoping to have the opportunity to look Floyd Galloway in the eyes and to see him for the person that I believe that he truly is,” he said.

Ann Stislicki said she believes her daughter will finally have justice.

“I think more of it is the reality that we are here, and to know in our hearts and our minds this is what we’ve been waiting for and we are getting our justice for Danielle,” Ann Stislicki said. “This is all about Danielle. This is not about anyone else but Danielle and those that are missing and continue to be missing.

“It’s not a political thing. It’s not anything other than getting justice for Danielle and the many other people that are missing that are not found. People have said we cannot go forward because we don’t have a body,” Ann Stislicki continued. “That’s not acceptable anymore. So, it’s nice to know that we are moving and making some changes in Danielle’s name.”

Williams, with the sign of the cross marked in ashes on his forehead for Ash Wednesday, said Galloway was shocked to learn of the charges.

“He’s distraught. He’s predictably distraught. Disappointed that this is proceeding,” Williams said. “I believe the facts show that he’s innocent, first of all. Secondly, he’s innocent at the moment like we all are. He hasn’t been proven (guilty of) anything.”

Williams said he believes the charges were a political move.

“I’ve had enough conversation with (Galloway) to believe he’s innocent, and I believe the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office probably felt the same way, which is why they didn’t charge him a week ago, a month ago, a year ago,” he said. “In my opinion, this is a publicity stunt that’s something that (Nessel) has chosen to do,” he said.

Williams said he hopes police are able to track down Danielle’s “real” killer.

“I hope they find the killer. In fairness, I hope they find Danielle as well,” he said.

Galloway will appear at 9 a.m. March 15 in front of Brady for a pre-exam conference.