- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

WHITE CLOUD, Mich. (AP) - A key court hearing has begun for two brothers charged with murder in the death of a young western Michigan woman who went missing in 1989.

The decomposed body of 18-year-old Shannon Siders was discovered by a hunter in the Manistee National Forest three months after her disappearance. Forty-four-year-old Matthew Wayne Jones and 42-year-old Paul Michael Jones are charged with first-degree murder.

Paul Jones’ lawyer Paul Stablein has said he looks “forward to vigorously defending these false allegations.”

Siders’ father was among the first witnesses to testify at Wednesday’s probable-cause hearing in White Cloud district court.

Bob Siders choked up when discussing the call telling him his daughter’s body had been found. An autopsy determined Shannon Siders died of blunt force trauma to the head, and she had other injuries.

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