Owner of Ypsilanti group homes arraigned amid death investigation

Annie Walls charged in Ypsilanti group home death case

By Steve Garagiola - Reporter/Anchor, Derick Hutchinson

YPSILANTI, Mich. - The 64-year-old owner of two Ypsilanti group homes at the center of a death investigation was arraigned Wednesday.

Annie Walls owns the group home in which authorities found a man dead Sunday.

After initially telling police that Everett Thompson, 64, died in his bed, investigators said Walls moved his body after he died in another group home around the corner.

Officials don't suspect foul play in Thompson's death, but Walls has been charged in the case.

Tenants moved out of group home

Ambulances arrived Tuesday to move tenants out of the Ypsilanti group home.

Local 4 learned up to seven people called the house their home, but many who lived there are being removed from the facility because the entire operation appears to have been unlicensed.

Ypsilanti police searched inside with flashlights, while outside, the tenant's family members brought out belongings and eventually took their loved one's body from the group home.

Police said a house on Monroe Street is where Thompson died, but when they received the 911 call to check on him, they found him a block away at a duplex on Madison Street.

Someone moved the dead man's body, and investigators said it was the owner of the group home, who was arrested.

The group home owner has not been charged. Her name doesn't appear in any state database for licensed group home facilities.

Ypsilanti police confirmed they are investigating why and how the group home was able to operate.

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