A man is facing a murder charge nearly 26 years after his alleged victim's body was found in a Pontiac park.
Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper said Friday that Robert David Simpson, 44, is accused of killing Isaiah Turner.
Turner's body was found Nov. 15, 1987, in Kiwanis Park. Simpson was 18 at the time.
"From all indications this looks like a random act of violence, wasn't robbery. Apparently he shot the victim for no reason," said Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard.
Bouchard said he lived across from the park then and still lives there today. He's been married for 20 years and has three children.
Bouchard said his office has a cold case unit that's been reviewing cases originally handled by the Pontiac Police Department.
Cooper didn't elaborate on what finally led investigators to Simpson, but noted, “Murder has no statute of limitations and as long as there is hope that a killer can be brought to justice, our office will continue to work tirelessly with our Sheriff’s Office and other Oakland County law enforcement investigative agencies to bring these cold cases to the light of the courtroom where justice can be served.”
Bishop Lorenzo Turner is Isiah's brother. He said it is too early to speak of closure, but he always felt a suspect would be arrested for the killing.
"I knew that whoever did it was most likely someone from the neighborhood somewhere and that eventually one day it was going to get out, who it was," Turner said.
Turner said his family's experience can offer a message to the families of other victims in cold cases.
"I would say just keep the hope and keep praying and just trust in the law and the system and let them do their job," Turner said.
Simpson was arraigned Friday on a charge of first degree murder.