2 men facing charges in 2018 Bath Township murder appear in court

Men face life in prison if convicted of Chong Yang’s murder

Thomas Olson (L); Robert Rodway (R) (WDIV)

SAINT JOHNS, Mich. – Two men charged with murder in the 2018 death of a hunter in Bath Township, Michigan, appeared in court on Thursday.

Thomas Olson, 34 of Grand Blanc Township, and Robert Rodway, 34 of Saint Johns, were in court for a probable cause conference on Jan. 26, 2023. They are both facing a felony murder charge in the death of Chong Yang.

Chong Yang was hunting in the Rose Lake State Park in Bath Township on Nov. 16, 2018, when he was shot in the head and killed. Prosecutors said Olson and Rodway killed Yang while hunting and stole his headlamp, knife, backpack, and shotgun.

If convicted on the felony murder charge, both men face a life sentence without the possibility of parole. Olson and Rodway are also facing a felony firearm charge, a two-year felony.

The men were arrested on Dec. 21, 2022, and are being held without bond. They are expected back in court for a preliminary examination at 9 a.m. on March 21, March 22, and March 23.

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Chong Yang (WDIV)

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