Police investigating homicide in Montcalm County

MAPLE VALLEY TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Police are investigating a homicide in Montcalm County over the weekend.

Michigan State Police say that they were called to a home in the 16000 block of McBride Road, where they found a 57-year-old Ricky West of Coral unconscious.  He had apparently been severely beaten.

Crews tried to revive the man but, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

A woman who identified herself as the wife of Ricky west, did not want appear on camera but says she found her husband brutally beaten, his face almost unrecognizable.

His wife tells Fox 17 she was home at the time of the alleged beating, but did not witness it.

Authorities later arrested 30-year-old Ryan Griffee. He was arraigned Monday on a charge of open murder and is being held on a $500,000 bond.

His next court date is scheduled for Aug. 7.

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