CLINTON TOWNSHIP (WWJ) – A Clinton Township man is in custody in connection with an investigation into the fatal stabbing of a woman and her daughter last week.
The man police have called a “person of interest” had been charged with obstructing justice and lying to a police officer during the course of a violent crime investigation.
Wearing a t-shirt and shorts, J. Thomas Miller was arraigned via video, Friday afternoon, in 41B District Court.
Tina Geiger, 46, and her daughter, 10-year-old Chrissy, were found dead at the Parkway Village Apartments, in the area of Harper and Metro Parkway.
The mother and daughter, who are both described as being mentally challenged, had their throats slashed in what police described as a “brutal and bloody” murder. The stab wounds were caused by what officers termed a “cutting instrument,” which may or may not be a knife, The Macomb Daily reported.
Their bodies were first discovered by an apartment manager who was asked to check on the Giegers. Neighbors, who said the duo walked to a nearby 7-Eleven every day, said they became concerned after not seeing the mother daughter pair for several days.
According to police, there were no signs of forced entry into the apartment, making it likely the victims knew their killer.
Investigators said Miller lied to them about prior contact with the victims, but aren’t saying what the man’s relationship to the mother and daughter may have been.
Because Magistrate Daniel Goulette believes Miller failed to appear in court for a 2006 felony, he said bond at $200,000 cast/surety.
Miller requested a court appointed attorney.