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11-05-06, 05:19 PM #1
Cool game: Name the stupidest thing you've ever done. One answer: Killed a guy..uh-oh
The game was simple: Name the stupidest thing you have ever done. One answer was peculiar: "Shot a guy in the head."
That alleged confession at a summer party led police to arrest Jerry Rose, who was charged Friday in the killing 60-year-old Edgar Hawkes last March at Hawkes' home in Parma Township.
Rose, 29, was formally charged in District Court with one count of open murder, one count of armed robbery and one count of using a firearm in the commission of a crime.
"Anytime a victim is shot a number of times in the chest and suffers a bullet wound to the head, I'd call that a heinous crime," county Prosecutor Hank Zavislak said. "We feel very good about where the investigation is and where the investigation is going."
Family members and friends of Rose wept during his arraignment. Afterward, they proclaimed innocence for the brother affectionately known as "Little Jerry."
"I know Jerry didn't have it in his heart to do something like that," Rose's older sister, Katena Rose, said through tears. "He's done some things, but never murder."
Hawkes apparently was expecting someone to come to his house on the evening of March 22, the night he died. A friend was at the home on Finley Road when Hawkes told him he was expecting people and that the friend had to leave, county Undersheriff Tom Finco said.
Hawkes' wife, Dawn, and their 14-year-old granddaughter returned home from a shopping trip to find Hawkes dead at the bottom of the basement stairs. A large amount of cash was missing from the kitchen table. A .22-caliber rifle, believed to be the murder weapon, was also missing.
Police investigators said Rose was at a party with his then girlfriend when the "What's-the-stupidest-thing-you've-ever-done?" game started, Finco said.
The girlfriend apparently kept quiet about the confession until detectives in Calhoun County came to her with questions about a string of breaking and enterings. The information was handed over to detectives with the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.
Rose said he moved back into his mother's house about a week ago. He formerly lived in Albion, where Hawkes worked for about 30 years at Decker Manufacturing. Police arrested Rose on Wednesday and are still searching for another believed to be involved in the murder.
Rose is scheduled to appear Nov. 15 before District Judge Charles Falahee for his preliminary examination. He is being held in the county jail without bond.
"This is a nightmare," Katena Rose. "I just want to wake up."
11-05-06, 05:22 PM #2
Intelligent.........gotta love them games.
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