MUSKEGON (WWJ/AP) – A woman whose body was found buried under a horse corral in western Michigan had been suffocated with duct tape.

The Muskegon Chronicle reported details were disclosed by police two weeks ago, but a court transcript became available Tuesday after district judge denied prosecutor and public defender’s office motions seeking that the judge review and possibly seal the record temporarily.

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Ronald Earl Williams (credit:  Michigan Department of Corrections)

Ronald Earl Williams (credit: Michigan Department of Corrections)

Bobbie Maples, 32, of the Muskegon area, disappeared in December 2014, just days after giving birth. After a tip — reportedly from a county jail inmate — her body was found 13 months later buried near a barn — on Michillinda Road in Fruitland Township, northwest of Grand Rapids — capped with concrete or cement.

Ronald Williams, 35, appeared in court Tuesday on a murder charge and asked for an attorney. He was already jailed on an unrelated drug conviction.

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Roosevelt Park police Chief David Boone said Maples had duct tape over her nose and mouth and a plastic bag over her head.

He said Williams admitted to investigators that he “administered” drugs to the woman and was  “the only person present during the time of her death.”

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