38-year-old Timothy Fradeneck was ordered to stand trial after he strangled his wife and his two children: his 8-year old son and 2-year-old daughter. On Tuesday a judge from the Eastpointe district declared that the proof indicates that Fradeneck is guilty of first-degree murder and other charges as well. The man remained in prison without bond and his hearing is to take place on June 15 in Macomb County Circuit Court.
Fradeneck is accused of seven charges including child abuse and murder. After strangling the members of his family the man was planning to consume a high amount of tranquilizers and set the house of fire. However he fell asleep before doing it. The murderer killed his victims by laying on them in order to force the air out of their lungs. Afterwards he used a USB cable to strangle them.
According to officer Randan Burkall Fradeneck tucked the bodies in after he strangles them. All the victims were found in their beds. The children were found with their head on their pillows and the blankets were up to their necklines. There were even Lego toys scattered around in Timothy’s room and his son had a Lego in his hand. His wife too, Christie Fradeneck, had her head on the pillow and a blanket covered most of her upper torso.
The police was called by Christie Fradeneck’s syster who was worried because he had not heard from the family. When they arrived at the family’s house Timothy Fradeneck answered the door. He was in a messy state and according to Burkall he said that there is no need to check on his wife and children because they were already dead and he was the one who killed them.
The investigators also discovered that six smoke detectors where gathered on a chair. Fradeneck had taken the smoke detectors down because he was intending to set the house on fire. Before doing so he was planning to take 28 pills of tranquilizers, but after taking the pills he fell asleep and did not have time to light the fire.
When asked for how long he had been considering killing his family he replied that had thought of that ever since he was released from hospital in August 2014. He claimed that his family could not bear with the fact that he would take his own life so killing them was a way of sparing them of the heartache.
According to Steve Kaplan, the defense attorney, Fradeneck was diagnosed with a bipolar disorder and received medication.
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