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Offbeat Man facing trial in 2013 disappearance of a Michigan clerk

19:18  01 may  2018
19:18  01 may  2018 Source:   ap.org

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Jeffrey Willis is on trial in kidnapping and killing of Jessica Heeringa in Michigan . Willis was convicted last year in shooting death of jogger Rebekah Bletsch and sentenced to life in prison.

Jessica Heeringa disappeared April 26, 2013 . She was working the closing shift at a Norton Shores gas station. MUSKEGON — A 47-year-old western Michigan man has pleaded guilty to lying to police about the disappearance of a gas station clerk .

FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2017, file photo, Jeffrey Willis appears in court in Muskegon, Mich., where he was sentenced to life for the first degree murder in June 2014 of Rebekah Bletsch. Jury selection begins Tuesday, May 1, 2018, in the trial for Willis who is charged in the kidnapping and murder of Jessica Heeringa, who disappeared April 26, 2013, from Norton Shores. Her body has never been found. (Joel Bissell /Muskegon Chronicle via AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2017, file photo, Jeffrey Willis appears in court in Muskegon, Mich., where he was sentenced to life for the first degree murder in June 2014 of Rebekah Bletsch. Jury selection begins Tuesday, May 1, 2018, in the trial for Willis who is charged in the kidnapping and murder of Jessica Heeringa, who disappeared April 26, 2013, from Norton Shores. Her body has never been found. (Joel Bissell /Muskegon Chronicle via AP, File)

MUSKEGON, Mich. — Jury selection is expected to take about two days for the trial of a western Michigan man on murder and kidnapping charges in the 2013 disappearance of a western Michigan gas station clerk.

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On Monday, details in Heeringa's disappearance emerged through interviews with police and family members. According to a law enforcement source familiar with the investigation, four persons of interest have been questioned and cleared in the case. Shaw said there were no signs of a struggle.

Three years after a gas station clerk went missing in western Michigan , charges are being filed against her alleged killer. Muskegon County Prosecutor DJ Hilson on Tuesday said Jeffery Willis has been charged with murder and kidnapping in the disappearance of Jessica Heeringa.

The trial for Jeffrey Willis is scheduled to last two weeks following Tuesday and Wednesday's jury selection in Muskegon County Circuit Court. Twenty-five-year-old Jessica Heeringa disappeared April 26, 2013, from Norton Shores. Her body has never been found.

Following this trial, Willis is expected to stand trial in the 2016 kidnapping of a teenager who escaped his van and went to police, leading to his arrest.

Willis was convicted last year in the 2014 fatal shooting of jogger Rebekah Bletsch. He's serving a life sentence in her death. Willis denied wrongdoing during the trial.

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