Suspect bound over in multicity stabbing case

By: Alyssa Ochss | C&G Newspapers | Published January 20, 2024

 Shane Burns

Shane Burns


ROSEVILLE/ST. CLAIR SHORES — According to a press release by the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office, 31-year-old Shane Burns has been ordered to stand trial for stabbings in Roseville and St. Clair Shores last year.

On May 17, Burns allegedly stabbed 60-year-old Cheryl Ryan-Parsley multiple times, resulting in her death, in a parking lot on Gratiot in Roseville. He then reportedly drove to the area of 12 Mile Road and Harper Avenue in St. Clair Shores where he allegedly stabbed 43-year-old Robert Baecke multiple times at a bus stop, according to the press release. Baecke survived the stabbing.

According to the release, the Warren Police Department’s Special Operations Unit later took Burns into custody near Van Dyke Avenue and Stephens Road.

At the Roseville Police Department, according to the release, Burns allegedly started biting at his wrists. When ordered to stop by an officer, a struggle ensued, and Burns was allegedly able to grab a knife from the officer and slit his own wrists.

“During a search of the defendant’s vehicle police found a shotgun, 9mm firearm, and a large amount of ammunition,” the release said.

Burns was charged with first-degree murder, assault with intent to commit murder, disarming a police officer and various weapons offenses. He faces up to life in prison.

According to court records, in the months since he was charged, Burns was twice referred for forensic psychiatric evaluation to determine if he can be held responsible for his alleged actions and assist in his own defense.

The case has now been bound over to Macomb County Circuit Court by 39th District Court Judge Kathleen Tocco.

Burns remains jailed on a $10 million cash or surety bond. His arraignment was scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Jan. 22 in Macomb County Circuit Court in front of Judge Jennifer Faunce, after press time.

“Our commitment to the safety of our community is resolute, and we will vigorously pursue justice and ensure accountability for these senseless acts,” Macomb County Prosecutor Peter Lucido said in the release.

Roseville police had no further comment about the case at press time. Warren police could not be reached for comment.

“We’re just glad the case is moving forward,” St. Clair Shores Police Chief Jason Allen said in an email.