Man facing perjury charges in 2012 double homicide case

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BROHMAN, Mich. — A 44-year-old Bitely man will be charged with perjury in connection with the 2012 homicides of a Newaygo County couple.

Joseph Cherneski, 56, and Patricia VanDyk, 55, were found shot to death in their Brohman home in November 2012.  

According to the Newaygo County Sheriff’s Department, a man will face four perjury charges connected to the homicide investigation.   He is expected to be arraigned Thursday.

Officials say the man lied during 2014 testimony he gave in connection to the murders.

“Lying under oath during an investigative subpoena is a felony under Michigan law… and in cases of homicide the offense is punishable by life in prison,” the Newaygo County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.

The man’s identity will be revealed when he is formally charged.


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