Trial to begin for Hazel Park man charged with killing woman, hiding body in attic

Jordan McClanahan accused of killing Jessica White

Jordan McClanahan
Jordan McClanahan

HAZEL PARK, Mich. – The trial for a man accused of killing a 21-year-old Troy woman and hiding her body in his Hazel Park attic is set to begin Monday morning. 

Jordan McClanahan was arrested in May after police said he "implicated himself" in Jessica White's death, and told them where they could find her body.

The 23-year-old man faces first-degree murder and desecration of a body charges. He was bound over to trial in August.

Jury selection and opening statements get underway Monday.

MORE: Inside the Hazel Park attic where 21-year-old woman's body was found

McClanahan's dad says he found body

Mike McClanahan said his son Jordan was with White in their Hazel Park home that Friday. The father said they were having a mixed drink, but Jordan also was taking pills for his back which were not prescribed to him.

"I don't think he remembers anything. He done them drugs and drank on top of it and something happened to him," said Mike McClanahan.

By Tuesday, after police had been through the house, Mike McClanahan said his son Jordan was ready to get something off his chest.

"'Something's wrong, dad, something's wrong.' I said, 'What?' He said, 'I might have done something bad, dad,'" said Mike.

That's when Mike and his older son searched the house again. They looked in the crawl space this time and found the body.

Mike McClanahan said Jordan and Jessica had been friends since they were just 8 years old. He is very sorry for the White family.

"I feel so bad for Jessica's mother and dad, because I thought (Jordan) was telling the truth," said Mike.

Police said Jordan confessed to strangling Jessica White with a belt.

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