2/25/14 - A Montcalm County man charged with a local murder has had his trial delayed. 50-year-old Mark David Jackson of Vestaburg is charged with a single count of Open Murder as a Fourth Habitual Offender in the death of 52-year-old Jonathan Risinger. A trial had been set to begin in Livingston County Circuit Court on Monday, but has been adjourned until May 5th. Risinger’s body was found October 6th by authorities who were called to his Berkshire Road residence. Authorities say they believe the actual death took place on October 4th. However, no information has been released as to the manner of death or relationship between Jackson and Risinger. If convicted, Jackson could face a sentence of life in prison. The case was investigated by the Unadilla Township Police Department and detectives from the Michigan State Police. At the time of the murder, Jackson was on parole for a 1996 conviction in Livingston County on six counts of 2nd degree home invasion, for which he served 14 years in prison.
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