ALPENA — The third day of Wednesday’s preliminary examination of Brad Srebnik and Joshua Wirgau will include the testimony of Mr. Wirgau’s wife and Mr. Abbey Hill regarding the disappearance of Mr. was investigated by the police.
Hill and Bills were reported missing in the summer of 2021, and their bodies were eventually found. Bills’ body was found in Vilgau’s backyard, with Hill’s body behind La Farge.
Police and prosecutors said Bills was strangled and Hill was shot in the back of the head.
Srebnik faces two counts of premeditated murder, armed charges, and mutilation and mutilation of a body, while Wirgau faces one count of premeditated murder, possession of a weapon, and one count of weapons. He has been charged with ex post facto abetting a felony.
Chelsea Willgau, who lived with her husband in the Naylor Road home, explained during a phone call with Josh how her husband asked her to leave the area with the children.
“He told me I needed to leave town and sooner or later I would find out why,” she said.
His home was also broken into and several guns, including rifles, shotguns and pistols, were stolen from Chelsea’s gun storage. Prosecutors are trying to link the theft charges with Srebnik and prove that one of the stolen guns was used in the alleged murder of Bills.
Similar firearm fragments were recovered in three Alpena rivers and restored by the Michigan State Police, matching the type of gun stolen and the type of bullet fragments found during Hill’s autopsy.
After the hearing, a recording was played of Hill being interrogated by now-retired Alpena Police Detective Steve Davis and Michigan State Police Sergeant Anthony Att. Hill was arrested in the state and questioned by two police officers en route to Alpena.
The interview, which took place on September 15, 2021, was several hours long, took place on Wednesday for the first hour or so, and is scheduled to resume on Thursday morning, with police and Hill. The exchange between the two was emphasized, and Hill reiterated that he did not know how. Or why Bills went missing.
Hill said he last saw Bills on August 1, 2021, when she picked him up in Srebnik’s truck and drove home to hang out and watch a movie. was. Hill said Bills asked if she had meth, but she said she didn’t, and the girls didn’t take the cocaine she had. . Hill said the girls smoked heavily, watched TV and went to sleep around 5am.
Police told Hill that she was the last to see Bill alive and that the truth would be found out, but Hill said he had no information to help.
“I woke up and she was gone,” Hill said in the recording. “She’s sad and she really wants to help, but she doesn’t know anything.”
Ms. Hill was cooperative and non-combatant in the recording, and police urged her to come clean if she knew or did anything, but Ms. Hill stuck to her story. Utt and Davis try to reassure her that even good people can make mistakes, suggesting that there may have been a drug overdose, or that Hill may be taking revenge on Bills. Asked if it was a runner, Hill said neither was accurate.
Police also tried to persuade Mr. Hill to undergo a polygraph test, but Mr. Hill repeatedly refused. Att and Davis said other suspects had taken them and cleared their names, and she could do the same by answering simple questions.
“Were you responsible for Bryn Bills’ disappearance?”
When Hill asked who the other suspects were, police said they could not release that information.
The rest of the interviews will begin when court resumes at 8:30 am today. Preliminary questioning is scheduled until Friday.
Preliminary hearings are held in district court, while hearings are held in circuit court.