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Shelby Township man bound over on murder charges in wife's death

Joshua Boshell pleaded not guilty to charges

Joshua Boshell (WDIV)

SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Joshua Boshell pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and felony firearms charges in connection to his wife's death in March and was in court Tuesday for a preliminary hearing. 

Joshua Boshell

Officers were called March 17 to the Crystal Lake Apartments on the report of a suicide and found 44-year-old Kristi Cline Boshell with a gunshot to the head, according to police.

Police called the death suspicious and Boshell, 40, was taken into custody at the scene. 

Police said officers had responded to the couple’s apartment in the past for domestic incidents.

Preliminary hearing underway

Officer Jacob Lucus was called to the stand and told the court that loud music was coming from the apartment when they arrived. 

Lucas said they were met at the door by Boshell and said he smelled of intoxicants and was repeating himself with slurred speech. Lucas also said that Boshell was not tested at the scene or back at the police station.

The officer said Boshell initially told the police his wife shot herself in the head after throwing her wedding ring at him and telling him he deserved better.

Det. Sgt. Beth Walsh took the stand and discussed her role in the death investigation.

She said described the scene and one of the bedrooms where several loaded magazines and survival books were located. A spent casing was found at the foot of the bed.

A .45 caliber handgun was found at the scene.

Walsh described how the body was found, the bullet hole in the wall and the direction in which it was believed the shot was fired.

Det. Chris Killop was called to the stand and told the court about how the scene didn’t indicate a suicide in his experience and training.

Killop briefly discussed the conversations he had with Boshell. 

The detective told the court about inconsistencies in Boshell’s statements during the interview at the station.

Boshell was bound over for trial.

Kristi Cline Boshell (WDIV)
Joshua Boshell (WDIV)

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