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Charges against Drew Thorngate upgraded from Assault to Open Murder

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Drew Thorngate (mugshot courtesy of the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Dept.)
Drew Thorngate (mugshot courtesy of the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Dept.)

KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Kalamazoo County’s Prosecutor has upgraded charges against 26-year-old Drew Thorngate for the baseball bat murder of Francisco Padilla.

The 30-year-old Padilla lingered in a coma for sometime after he was found in critical condition in a dumpster in the 5oo block of South Rose St. downtown early last month.

Thorngate is charged with one count of open murder. Bond was denied.

Police say Thorngate hooked up with the 30-year-old victim through Craig’s List and had never actually met him before the assault.

The motive for the attack remains unclear.

 

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