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    source: http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=200771001046 October 1, 2007 By CHRISTY ARBOSCELLO FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER A man accused of killing his
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      source: http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=200771001046

      October 1, 2007

      By CHRISTY ARBOSCELLO

      FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER

      A man accused of killing his wife 17 years ago in his Clinton Township
      comic book store was arraigned today on four felonies, including
      first-degree murder.

      In addition to murder, Michael George, 42, faces felony firearm,
      insurance fraud and obtaining money under false pretenses charges. If
      convicted, he could spend life in prison.

      Police and prosecutors say George staged the fatal shooting of his
      wife, Barbara, 32, as a robbery back in July 1990 to collect on her
      $125,000 life insurance policy, the couple's entire estate and start
      over with another woman.

      He was running a comic bookstore in Pennsylvania at the time of his
      arrest.

      "One of the motives is that he preferred his mistress to his wife,"
      Assistant Prosecutor Steve Kaplan said today.

      Defense lawyer and former Macomb County Prosecutor Carl Marlinga, who
      was retained by George's family, waived the formal reading of the
      charges in 41B District Court. He said his client maintains his
      innocence and called the case against him weak.

      George waived an extradition hearing in Pennsylvania last week and
      arrived in Michigan on Friday. Prosecutors said he delayed the
      extradition for several weeks.

      Judge Linda Davis rejected Marlinga's request to put George on a
      tether so his client could stay in his mother's Hazel Park home.
      Instead, the judge ordered that George remain in jail.

      A preliminary exam was scheduled for Oct. 12.

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      Source: http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2007710020314

      Justice sought in 1990 killing
      Suspect owned comic bookstore

      October 2, 2007

      BY CHRISTY ARBOSCELLO

      FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER

      Michael George may have been free for the past 17 years, but loved
      ones of his slain wife were never convinced there was no blood on his
      hands.

      "From the day of the funeral, I was suspicious of him," said Judy
      Derkowski, godmother to George's wife, Barbara. "To me, he looked
      detached, like it was a front."

      George, 47 of Windber, Pa., appeared Monday in 41B District Court in
      Clinton Township -- with his lawyer, former Macomb County Prosecutor
      Carl Marlinga, by his side -- for an arraignment on first-degree
      murder and other charges. If convicted, he could spend life in prison.

      George delayed extradition for several weeks until finally waiving a
      hearing last week.

      Police and prosecutors say he staged the July 1990 fatal shooting of
      his spouse, then 32, in his comic bookstore to collect her $125,000
      life insurance, their entire estate and start over with another woman.

      "One of the motives is that he preferred his mistress to his wife,"
      Macomb County Assistant Prosecutor Steve Kaplan said. Marlinga, who
      has been retained by George's family, said his client maintains his
      innocence and calls the case against him weak. There were no witnesses
      to her death and a murder weapon wasn't found.

      After Clinton Township police reopened the case, they interviewed
      George and said they had fresh evidence.

      Fifteen witnesses are expected to testify for the prosecution. Many
      will talk about the couple's relationship. Prosecutors said there was
      trouble in the 9-year marriage.

      One reason authorities said they didn't believe her death was during a
      robbery: The assailant made it look like comic books were stolen, but
      she was found with money in her pockets

      Marlinga visited George more than a month ago in a Pennsylvania jail.

      "He was very distraught and tearful when I saw him."

      Later, when asking Judge Linda Davis to permit George to leave jail
      and go on house arrest in his mother's Hazel Park home, Marlinga said
      he's not a flight risk because he's eager to clear his name.

      But Davis ordered George to remain in jail pending an Oct. 12
      preliminary hearing.

      Before his arrest, George was running a comic bookstore in
      Pennsylvania, where he lived with his family. His mother, wife and son
      attended the court proceedings Monday while Barbara George's family
      sat on the opposite side of the courtroom. The couple's two grown
      daughters did not attend the arraignment.

      Relatives described Barbara George as outgoing, athletic and kind. If
      she endured any hardships or unhappiness, she didn't show it, they said.

      "She loved everybody and she loved life," Derkowski said.

      Contact CHRISTY OYAMA-ARBOSCELLO at 586-469-8085 or
      arboscello@....
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