Roger Sweet Charged In Death Of First Wife

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A Brownstown Township man was charged in the 16-year-old death of his first wife Friday.

Roger Sweet, 56, was charged for the 1990 death of his first wife, Marlene Francis Sweet and is being held on a $10 million bond.

In early February, Farmington Hills Police Chief William Dwyer announced the completion of the 1990 investigation of the death of Marlene Sweet.

Sweet was found dead inside her Farmington Hills home.

Based on the evidence presented by detectives who were on the case, the Oakland County prosecutors office has issued a warrant charging Sweet with her murder.

Police said Sweet abused Marlene Sweet physically from day 1 of their marriage.

Roger Sweet's second wife, Lizzie Collier-Sweet, 49, has been missing since an arson fire swept through their Brownstown Township home in January.

Roger Sweet is considered a suspect in the disappearance of Collier-Sweet, Farmington Hills Police Chief Bill Dwyer said.

Brownstown Township police Lt. Robert Grant said when Sweet was asked about his wife's whereabouts, he said if he had to guess she was probably dead in the woods.

An investigation is under way.

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