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Suspect in fatal shooting pleads no contest to manslaughter charge

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published February 7, 2020

 Eastpointe resident Jeremy Schodowski, 22, seen here at his June 26 preliminary examination, entered a no contest plea Jan. 28 to charges related to the shooting death of his friend, 20-year-old Bill Scruggs, last year.

Eastpointe resident Jeremy Schodowski, 22, seen here at his June 26 preliminary examination, entered a no contest plea Jan. 28 to charges related to the shooting death of his friend, 20-year-old Bill Scruggs, last year.

File photo by Brendan Losinski

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EASTPOINTE — Eastpointe resident Jeremy Schodowski, 22, who was charged last year in connection to the shooting death of a friend, 20-year-old Bill Scruggs, pleaded no contest to charges including involuntary manslaughter Jan. 28.

The original incident took place at about 1:10 a.m. March 17, 2019, at a home on Normandy Street in Eastpointe.

According to testimony June 26 from Schodowski’s girlfriend, Taylor Harding, the two of them and their young child were living with Scruggs at the home on Normandy Street at the time of the incident. The three were drinking and smoking marijuana when, Harding testified, she heard a gunshot and then saw Scruggs with a gunshot wound to the head. She said they immediately called 911.

Schodowski’s case was bound over from the 38th District Court to Macomb County Circuit Court. On Jan. 28, Eastpointe police said, Schodowski pleaded no contest before Judge James Maceroni to one count of involuntary manslaughter, one count of felony firearm and one count of possession of a controlled substance — less than 25 grams.

The first count carries a minimum of three years in prison and would have to be served consecutively to the minimum of two years for the felony firearm charge, resulting in a minimum sentence of five years. Eastpointe police said that Scruggs’ family was in agreement with the plea.

Sentencing in the case is scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 11, at Macomb County Circuit Court in Mount Clemens.

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