Three Saline High School students face murder charges in connection to the death of a Michigan State University student who was found unconscious along an expressway near East Lansing.
Dustyn Frolka, 19, of Owosso was a sophomore at Michigan State. He was found lying along Interstate 69 in the township on Feb. 15 and later was declared dead at Lansing's Sparrow Hospital.
Police from Clinton County's Bath Township obtained search warrants and made the arrests Saturday in Saline, near Ann Arbor. Brendan Heim, 16, Samantha Grigg, 18, and Tyrel Bredernitz, 18, who all are students at Saline High School, are being held in the Clinton County Jail and were arraigned Monday in St. Johns District Court on open murder charges.
They also face armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery charges. Heim is being charged as an adult.
Frolka had abrasions consistent with hitting the pavement but no obvious wounds, investigators say. Police said they were awaiting toxicology results to determine what killed him.
Frolka was a talented rapper but "had been on kind of a downward spiral" since the fall, said fellow hip-hop musician Blake Selby. Selby told the newspaper that he signed Frolka to the Lansing-based label he runs, though they later parted ways.
Michigan State University police arrested Frolka for cocaine possession on Jan. 31, according to court records. He was then kicked out of his dorm as a threat to safety of other residents, the university said.