- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 9, 2016

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) - A man accused of lying to police investigating the 2013 disappearance of a gas station clerk in western Michigan is heading to trial.

The Muskegon Chronicle reports (https://bit.ly/2aJatwv ) 47-year-old Kevin Bluhm on Tuesday waived his preliminary examination. He’s facing a charge of lying to police during a violent crime investigation.

Bluhm is the cousin of Jeffrey Willis, who is charged with abducting a 16-year-old girl in April and the 2014 slaying of 36-year-old jogger Rebekah Bletsch in Dalton Township. Last month, Bluhm waived a preliminary examination on a charge of lying to police in the Bletsch case.

Willis also is being investigated in the 2013 disappearance of Jessica Heeringa, a clerk in Norton Shores. Authorities say Bluhm told police Willis was responsible, but later told police he made it up.

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Information from: The Muskegon Chronicle, https://www.mlive.com/muskegon


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