Man accused of stabbing stepfather to death, attacking mother

By: Andy Kozlowski | Madison - Park News | Published January 8, 2021

 Christopher McKinney

Christopher McKinney


MADISON HEIGHTS — A Madison Heights man has been charged with murder after reportedly killing his stepfather and wounding his mother over a dispute about playing video games.

The incident occurred around 11:40 p.m. Dec. 11, inside the family’s home at an apartment complex in the 300 block of East Edmund Avenue near Harlo Avenue, east of John R Road and south of Whitcomb Avenue in Madison Heights.

The suspect is Christopher McKinney, 29. His mother is 66. The stepfather was 77 when he died from his wounds at a hospital four days later on Dec. 15. McKinney was arraigned Dec. 14 in Madison Heights 43rd District Court by Magistrate Kimberly Wilson on two counts of assault with intent to murder, and two counts of assaulting, resisting and obstructing a police officer. On Dec. 16, after the stepfather died, one of the two counts of assault with intent to murder was changed to one count of open murder, which carries a penalty of up to life in prison. The assault count carries a penalty of up to life or any number of years, and the two felony counts of assault, resisting and obstructing a police officer carry a penalty of two years and/or a $2,500 fine. No attorney information for McKinney was on file at the court at press time.

Madison Heights Police Lt. Michael Siladke said that the suspect was apparently playing video games on the TV in his parents’ bedroom when they asked him to leave so they could go to bed. That’s when the suspect allegedly grew violent, punching his mother in the face.

The stepfather was also reportedly hit multiple times, so the stepfather retrieved a knife from the kitchen in self-defense. McKinney allegedly wrestled the knife away from him and proceeded to stab the pair multiple times.

“The mother is out of the hospital, and doing well,” Siladke said.

The Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office had ruled the stepfather’s cause of death a homicide, according to Siladke. The fatal wound was reportedly a stab to the chest.

When asked if anything is known about the mental health of the suspect, Siladke said, “Not at this time.”

A neighbor in the apartment building had called 911. Police had arrived to find the suspect outside his family home in the common hallway of the apartment building. The suspect had knocked on a neighbor’s apartment door. There was also blood outside the apartment unit.

“Blood in the hallway was from the suspect, who sustained cuts to his hands,” Siladke said. “Blood was also located in the apartment, for all parties involved.”

When authorities intervened, the suspect reportedly assaulted a fire lieutenant who attempted to administer first aid to the wounded parents. The fire lieutenant is OK, Siladke said, and sustained only a minor injury. The suspect reportedly punched the fire lieutenant in the face.

McKinney had previously been found not guilty on a separate assault charge out of Oakland County 6th Circuit Court on May 10, 2018.

Siladke commended the bravery of the officers who responded.

“Responding to calls of domestic disturbances are always a challenging and potentially dangerous situation for officers. If you add the fact that a weapon is involved, that raises the call to a higher level,” Siladke said. “Officers responding to this call acted quickly to get the suspect into custody and prevent further escalation.

“This family has suffered an immeasurable loss,” he added. “The MHPD is keeping them in our thoughts and will be there for them as this case moves forward.”