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Docs: Teen confessed to killing half-sister

Posted: 2:59 PM, Aug 24, 2016
Updated: 2016-08-24 18:03:09-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- A 16-year-old confessed to killing his half-sister, according to court documents.

Savon Eugene Schmus is expected to be charged as an adult Thursday with the murder of 18-year-old McKenna Hilton.   A Kent County Sheriff's Department deputy testified that Schmus admitted to strangling Hilton at an apartment along Plaza Drive, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The deputy testified that Schmus said he then carried her body to a car and drove to the area of Emerald Lake and Valentine Street NE to dump her body.

The sheriff's department said in a release Wednesday that autopsy results concluded that Hilton had been strangled.

Hilton was a recent graduate of East Kentwood High School and an employee at Craig's Cruisers.