UPDATE: The victim has been identified as Gracyn-Michael Brickley, 18 years of age from Ionia County.
Nashville Police and Barry County Sheriff’s Deputies were notified Wednesday afternoon, February 17th, of a possible assault and murder at or near a residence southwest of Nashville on Guy Rd. in Maple Grove Township. Subsequently, the body of 18 year old Gracyn-Michael Brickly of Ionia was located outside, covered in snow.
A male suspect was taken into custody.
Barry County Prosecutor Julie Nakfoor Pratt said her office has issued charges of Open Murder and Felony Firearm against 21 year old Andrew John-Lawrence Lafey of Nashville. It is alleged that on Tuesday, Lafey beat and fatally shot Brickley and buried her body in the snow.
Lafey was arraigned Thursday morning. A probable cause conference has been set for March 4, 2021 at 8:30am in Hastings District Court before Judge Michael Schipper. Bond has been set at $500,000 cash or surety.
The investigation is ongoing.
The Barry County Sheriff’s Office and Nashville Police Department were assisted by Michigan State Police, Barry County Central Dispatch, Nashville Fire and EMS, Medical Examiner’s Office