Clinton man free on bond for hiring hit man
By CRISTINA TRAPANI-SCOTT
CLINTON — A Clinton man is out on bail after being charged last week in an alleged murder-hire-scheme. Brad Rounds, 47, posted bail on a $500,000 bond Tuesday, according to the Lenawee County Second District Court in Adrian.
Rounds was arraigned on Thursday following an investigation by the Michigan State Police post in Adrian and an arrest last Wednesday on the charge of murder solicitation. Clinton Police Chief Michael Randolph stated that an individual made the police department aware in late January that there was a plan allegedly in place to have someone murdered.
The department conducted a preliminary investigation and then Randolph called in the assistance of the Michigan State Police. “After a preliminary investigation we realized we didn’t have the resources to continue to investigate on our own and we needed some assistance,” Randolph said. He said the investigation was then turned over to the state police and the Clinton Police Department assisted detectives throughout the remainder investigation.
Detective Sgt. John Figurski conducted the investigation that led to Rounds’ arrest. He was assisted by State Police personnel in Richmond and Cheboygan as well as by members of the COMET and OMNI teams, the First District Fugitive Team and the Major Case Team. Figurski said that although the case is pending court the Michigan State Police is continuing its investigation.
Police are not yet releasing the name of the individual who came forward, the name of the intended victim of the alleged scheme, or details of the murder-for-hire plan. “No names or location are being released,” said Randolph, “due to the fact that it is an ongoing investigation and we wouldn’t think appropriate to release that information.”
A preliminary examination in the Second District Court of Judge James E. Sheridan is set for Monday, March 3.