UPDATE: Competency exam ordered for suspect charged with homicide in death of L’Anse man

Luke Kreider, 19, has been charged with homicide-open murder.
Luke Kreider, 19, has been charged with homicide-open murder.(WLUC)
Published: Sep. 2, 2022 at 8:30 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 30, 2022 at 12:30 PM EDT
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HOUGHTON, Mich. (WLUC) - UPDATE: The suspect charged with homicide for death of a L’Anse man earlier this month has been referred for a competency exam.

Luke Kreider, 19, appeared in Houghton County District Court for a probable cause conference on Sept. 21. and a preliminary examination on Sept. 26. Three days later, on Sept. 29, the court officially ordered a competency exam for Kreider.

Kreider was originally arrested for assault with intent to do great bodily harm after allegedly beating a 24-year-old L’Anse man severely, leaving him unconscious. After the victim died, he was officially charged with assault-intent to murder.

The Houghton County prosecutor amended that charge to homicide-open murder Sept. 6.

Kreider is scheduled to appear in the 97th District Court again Nov. 14.

Last published: Sep 7, 2022 2:12:45 PM

A L’Anse man has died following an assault Thursday morning in Houghton, and the suspect is now charged with murder.

The Houghton Police Department reported Wednesday that the 24-year-old victim, previously on life support at UP Health System - Marquette, has since died.

The 19-year-old suspect, Luke Kreider — who was originally arrested for assault with intent to do great bodily harm — was officially charged Friday with assault/intent to murder. On Tuesday, the Houghton County prosecutor amended that charge to homicide-open murder.

Kreider was arraigned in Houghton County District Court Wednesday morning. He will next appear in court for a probable cause conference on Sept. 21 and again for a preliminary exam on Sept. 26. He is currently being held in Houghton County Jail with no bond.

The investigation is still ongoing. The Houghton Police Department said no additional information will be released pending the investigation.

TV6 will continue to follow this story as it develops.

Last published: Sep 2, 2022 4:27:57 PM

A L’Anse man is on life support following an assault Thursday morning in Houghton.

According to the Houghton Police Department, officers were called to the townhouses on Arbor Way, across from the Arbor Green apartment complex, at 4:50 a.m. Thursday.

Police found a 24-year-old L’Anse man was severely beaten and unconscious. He was transported by Mercy Ambulance to UP Health System - Portage and later airlifted to UP Health System - Marquette.

The victim is currently at UP Health System - Marquette where he remains on life support, police said Friday morning.

A 19-year-old Houghton man was arrested for assault with intent to do great bodily harm. He will be arraigned in 97th District Court, police say. No names have been released.

As of Friday afternoon, the arraignment date has not yet been set. TV6 will continue to check with the courts and update when more information becomes available.

The Houghton County Sheriff’s Office, Hancock Police Department, Michigan Tech Public Safety and the Michigan State Police all assisted the Houghton Police Department at the scene.

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