By Pat Maurer
A Harrison area businessman and school board member was murdered last weekend in a Redding township residence.
A 32-year-old Remus woman, Oanh Kieu Bass, has been charged with Open Murder, punishable by up to Life in prison for the shooting death of 68 year-old Floyd Odell Dennis, Jr., of Harrison.
According to a release from the Clare County Sheriff’s Department, Dennis’s body was found January 18 at the home in Redding Township. He had been shot once, reportedly in the head.
Dennis, the owner of Kern’s Grocery in Dodge City, was the treasurer of the Harrison Board of Education, and a former bus driver and Transportation Director at Harrison Schools.
Harrison School Superintendent Tom House said, “Mr. Dennis was a valued member of our school community both as a board member and as a former employee. He will be missed. Our prayers and thoughts are with his family during this very difficult time.”
Dennis’s body was found at the residence on Huckleberry Trail just south of M-61 last Saturday afternoon. Police received the call around 5:39 p.m.
A Clare County Sheriff’s Department Detective and Deputies, assisted by Michigan State Police Detectives and the MSP Crime Lab investigated and found information that led them to a vehicle believed involved in the crime and then, with the assistance of witnesses and the help of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police Department, to the suspect in Remus, Mecosta County, where Bass was arrested.
According to Clare County Prosecutor Michelle Ambrozaitis, Bass is charged with Open Murder, punishable by up to Life in prison. She was arraigned by 80th District Court Judge Joshua Farrell Tuesday afternoon. Her bond was set at $2 million cash only.
Bass, originally from California, may have a record there.
“A Preliminary Examination is scheduled for 2:00pm on February 4, 2013. It will most likely be held as a pre-trial conference, unless defense counsel requests otherwise” Ambrozaitis said.
Bass remains lodged at the Clare County Jail.