2018-06-13 / Front Page

Grondin granted new trial in 2011 murder case

LAPEER — Kenneth “KC” Grondin III, 25, who has been held at the Bellamy Creek Correctional Facility outside Ionia since his 2015 conviction for the November 2011 death of his former girlfriend Andrea Eilber, could be headed back to Lapeer for a new trial.

Grondin was convicted in 2015 on charges of first-degree felony murder. Prosecutors said the then-19-year-old Grondin was the last person to see then 20-year-old Eilber alive.

The Michigan State Court of Appeals this morning issued an unpublished opinion calling for a new trial for the Lapeer Township youth. A spokesman for Chief Circuit Court Judge Nick Holowka said the case was remanded on technical issues. The spokesman said the 26-page opinion arrived earlier today and the judge has yet to review it. The spokesman added the State Attorney General’s Office, which prosecuted the case, could appeal the decision to the State Supreme Court.

It’s unclear at this point when a new trial date will be set.

The order comes on the eve of a re-examination of the case by “Reasonable Doubt,” on the Investigation Discovery (ID) cable channel. The show airs tonight (June 13) at 10 p.m., locally on Spectrum/Charter channel 165.

For the full story, see the Sunday edition of The County Press.

-- Phil Foley

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