By Pat Maurer
Jason Lantz Fish, 34, of Weidman, was arraigned Monday under Isabella County Trial Judge William Rush on open murder charges in connection with the November 18 shooting death of his 34-year-old wife, Stephanie Rochelle Fish. He is also facing one count of felon in possession of a firearm, a five-year felony and two counts of use of a firearm during the commission of a felony, an additional two-year charge.
According to a press release from the Isabella County Sheriff’s Department, Fish’s arrest stems from a domestic dispute on Friday, November 18 at the couple’s residence. Stephanie Fish was reportedly last seen about 7:30 p.m. on Friday in Isabella County.
The case began Sunday as a missing person’s case when an Amber Alert was put out on the couples’ four-year-old son Brody. The vehicle was spotted and the youngster and his father were located in Genesee County and brought back to Mt. Pleasant for questioning, the release said.
Following one unsuccessful search on Sunday, another was ordered and the woman’s body was found hidden in the couple’s Lake Isabella home on N. Rolland Road in Sherman Township.
Deputies seized a .22 caliber rifle as possible evidence. Isabella County Sheriff Leo Mioduszewski said she apparently died of a gunshot wound.
Isabella County deputies are being assisted in the investigation by the Michigan State Police Crime Lab. An autopsy for Stephanie Fish was scheduled earlier this week at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids. The youngster is staying with a family member.
Fish remains in the Isabella County Jail without bond. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for December 1 at 1 p.m.