Ionia County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a home in the 200 block of Phillip Court south of Ionia on Sunday evening after a resident called 911 and reported that he had stabbed another adult male in self defense.
Deputies found 32 year old Dennis James Conley of Ionia deceased at the scene.
The stabbing suspect’s name is not being released to the public at this time, as he has not been charged with a crime. He is an older relative of the decedent and they lived in the home together along with another relative.
Police have determined that there was an argument over the cost of heating the residence, which escalated into threats and name calling, and resulted in Conley attacking his relative. That relative told officers he armed himself with a kitchen knife and was trying to stop the attack when he stabbed Dennis Conley in the chest, causing Conley’s death.
Drug use and underlying mental health conditions are factors. The Ionia County Prosecutor’s Office is reviewing the case to determine if criminal charges will be filed.