New Charge For Man Accused Of Killing Chelsea Bruck In 2014

MONROE (WWJ/AP) – Another charge has been filed against the 27-year-old man accused of killing a woman who disappeared from a 2014 Halloween party in southeastern Michigan.

Daniel Clay was charged with concealing the death of an individual, or disposing of a corpse, in connection with the death of 22-year-old Chelsea Bruck.

Clay, who already faces a second-degree murder charge, was in a Monroe courtroom Thursday for a pretrial hearing. He has been evaluated and found competent for trial.

[Prosecutor: DNA Links Man To Chelsea Bruck In Halloween Party Death]

Photo of Chelsea Bruck.  (WWJ/Jon Hewett)

Photo of Chelsea Bruck. (WWJ/Jon Hewett)

Bond was set at $1 million on the murder charge and another $500,000 for two felonies in another case. Defense attorney Russell Smith says he wasn’t requesting bond.

Bruck, last seen alive at a massive party at a rural property on Post Road in Frenchtown Township early in the morning of Oct. 26, 2014. Her remains were discovered, several months later — on April 24, 2015 — in a wooded lot on Briar Hill Road in Ash Township.

The case went unsolved for two years before Clay was charged. He allegedly told his girlfriend following his arrest that he’d accidentally killed Bruck while choking her during rough, but consensual sex.

The Wayne County Medical Examiner concluded Bruck died from blunt force trauma to the head.

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