After more than a year of investigaion, police claim they have caught France Craig's killers

By Chris Harris
Updated October 08, 2015 05:35 PM
Advertisement
Image

After more than a year, investigators in Michigan filed charges against three men they say are responsible for the murder of 28-year-old Frances Craig.

A statement provided to PEOPLE by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office claims Craig’s murder was a case of mistaken identity: Two of the men arrested this week allegedly paid a third man to kill a woman they thought was a prosecution witness in a pending arson case, and that Craig was not the intended target.

Police found Craig’s body on August 10, 2014, inside her Summit Township, Michigan, home.

The police statement says Clifford McKee, 49, and Rodney McKee, 27, were charged with open murder, conspiracy to commit murder in the first degree, solicitation of murder, and first-degree home invasion.

Rodney McKee, who was arrested for arson in March 2014, allegedly conspired with his relative, Clifford McKee, to have a witness to the crime assassinated.

Police say the McKees hired Cortez Butler, 43, who is charged with open murder, conspiracy to commit murder in the first degree, and first-degree home invasion charges.

Court records indicate the three defendants have yet to hire defense lawyers. The three men are being held without bail and could be sentenced to life if convicted.

Want to keep up with the latest crime coverage? Click here to get breaking crime news, ongoing trial coverage and details of intriguing unsolved cases in the True Crime Newsletter.