A 91-year-old Detroit man may have been force-fed gasoline before being beaten and burned in his home, a Wayne County assistant coroner says during a hearing.
Paul Monchnik was found at his autopsy with one-fifth of a cup of a byproduct of a gasoline-like accelerator, says Dr. Kilakkesha. He said the teenage suspect may have forced Monchnik to consume it.
“It would have to come through the mouth,” Kesha testified in the 36th Circuit Court. “The victim may have drunk it or put it in his open mouth while unconscious).”
A female family member of the 91-year-old victim gasped upon hearing the explicit details of Monchnik’s murder.
Kesha testified on the first day of the initial physical that over 80 percent of Monchnik’s body was burned, ranging from first to fourth degrees. He also said that Monchnik’s head injury alone was enough to kill him.
George Steward IV, 17, has been subpoenaed to stand trial in the case and faces charges of first-degree murder, felony murder and setting fire to an apartment, Detroit News reports.
Steward entered the former television technician’s home to rob him, and then an attack soon followed, according to USA Today. Steward ended up buying gas from a local gas station to set the house on fire and cover his tracks.
When officers arrived at the scene, he was pronounced dead with a serious head injury and burns all over his body.
Judge Kenneth King said it was heartbreaking that a man who lived as long as Monchnik did and chose to remain in Detroit met his end the way he did.
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said the word “heinous” doesn’t even come close to describing the older man’s killing, reports Michigan Live.
Detroit Police Sgt. Brian Bowser testified that the Monchnik’s cell phone was discovered in the backyard of the Stewart residence next to the victim on the 20500 block of Bentler, a day after the 91-year-old’s body was found in his burned home.
In December, a gas station employee testified that Steward had bought 50 cents’ worth of gas and a lighter the morning the victim was killed and set on fire.
Odai Al-Radabi said he remembered when Steward walked into his Sunoco near Eight Mile and Telegraph with a large can of petrol.
“I saw this guy in the gas station,” Al-Radabi said.
The clerk told Latoya Willis, the Wayne County assistant district attorney, that Stewart “looked nervous… scared.” Al-Radabi selected Stewart from a police lineup and also during the hearing.
Some of Steward’s relatives also said last month that they recognized him as their relative from surveillance video from the gas station.
The juvenile suspect is scheduled to be heard in Wayne County District Court next week
https://news.detroitdailynews.com/2023/03/02/police-find-out-what-this-91-year-old-man-was-made-to-drink-before-he-was-murdered-in-cold-blood/ Police find out what this 91-year-old man was drinking before he was murdered in cold blood