Man charged with murdering his aunt and uncle in fit of rage at Warren home

Joseph Borowiak charged with 2 counts of first-degree murder

WARREN, Mich. - A 37-year-old man has been charged with first-degree murder after two people were found dead Friday in a Warren home.

Joseph Lawrence Borowiak was arraigned Tuesday on two counts of first-degree murder. He is accused of killing his aunt and uncle at their Warren home during a fit of rage.

Police said Borowiak had a hit list comprised of family members.

Joseph Borowiak (WDIV)

Police found Steven Collins, 67, and Cynthia Collins, 66, dead in a home on Panama Street near 9 Mile Road. Officers were responding to a welfare check after a neighbor said the family's dog was loose and nobody would answer the door.

The couple were found shot to death in separate rooms, police said. It is believed they were killed early Friday morning.

The couple lived at the home for several years. Neighbors said the couple raised Borowiak, their nephew, but recently kicked him out because of an issue.

"He lived there for quite a number of years on and off," Greg Birch, a friend of the couple, said. "He had substance abuse issues and other issues."

Police said somebody recognized Borowiak from a news article and called them. He was spotted walking near Ryan and McNichols roads in Detroit, and police said he had blood spattered on him when he was arrested.

On Borowiak's Facebook page, police found he'd threatened other family members.

He gave one-word answers as he faced the charges.

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