NILES, MI (WKZO) -- There's been a major break in a two and a half year old murder case in southwest Michigan. A suspect is jailed for a gruesome murder two years ago near Niles.
The Cass County Prosecutor's office and Michigan Attorney General's office are charging 28-year-old Keith Lintz with two counts of felony first-degree murder in the February 2010 deaths of John and Carolyn Tarwacki at their home near Niles. Lintz was arrested Wednesday afternoon leaving his grandmother's house in Niles, and had been out of jail for about a week. Cass County Prosecutor Victor Fitz said they identified Lintz as the suspect within a week of the crime. They just didn’t have enough to take him to trial until now. He may have shot his mouth off once too often about the crime, confessing it to others. He allegedly stabbed John Tarwacki ten times, shot him twice and stabbed the man's wife four times, shot her twice and badly beat her about the face