Two Michigan brothers have been arrested in the 2013 cold case murder of a special needs mother and daughter, who were found stabbed to death in their Clinton Township apartment.
Henry Johnson was taken into custody at his Detroit home Tuesday without incident for the murder of Tina Geiger and her 11-year-old daughter Krissy Geiger, according to a statement from the Clinton Township Police. He has been arraigned on two felony counts of homicide-open murder.
His brother, Tony Johnson, 40, who is facing the same charges, was taken into custody last month after investigators got a hit in the Automated Fingerprint Identification System that allegedly matched a bloody handprint found on the wall of the apartment, The Detroit Free Press reports.
Lt. D. Caringi of the Clinton Township Police told Oxygen.com that the bodies of Tina and Krissy Geiger, who had both had special needs, were discovered in their apartment on July 30, 2013.
A social worker who regularly checked on the women had become concerned when Tina Geiger wasn’t answering the door of her apartment and asked a maintenance worker to check on the family, Caringi said.
The mother and daughter were both found with “multiple stab wounds” in the apartment. Caringi said there was “no indication” of a robbery at the scene.
Neighbors told authorities that they hadn’t seen Tina or Krissy for about four or five days before the bodies were discovered, WXYZ reports. Investigators processed the scene and spoke to witnesses who knew Tina and her daughter at the time, but eventually the case went cold.
“There were a lot of man hours that went into this, obviously, back then,” Caringi told Oxygen.com.
Tony Johnson appeared in court last month where he was ordered to be held on a $1 million bond.
His attorney Kristina Joseph said he had been unemployed at the time of his arrest because of the COVID-19 pandemic but was living in Detroit.
“I think it speaks volumes that at the age of 40, he does not have a record of any violent crimes at all,” she said in court, according to WDIV-TV.
Henry Johnson was identified as another suspect in the slaying after “additional investigation,” Caringi said. Clinton Township Police detectives took Henry Johnson into custody on Tuesday, along with the U.S. Marshals Service, police said.
Caringi declined to release any further details about the case, including whether investigators believe the victims had known the suspects or what the possible motive might have been in the case.
Krissy Geiger had been a student at Glen H. Peters, a school within the Macomb Intermediate School District, at the time she died, according to The Detroit Free Press.
A school's principal told the newspaper shortly after her death that she had been a cheerleader with “an infectious smile” who always worked hard and wanted to please others.
He described Tina Geiger as someone who had worked hard at being a mom and was “always on top of things.”
Court records from 2010 obtained by the paper said Tina Geiger had bipolar disorder and mild intellectual impairment but had been able to live on her own and care for her daughter.
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