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Grand Rapids man wanted in triple homicide case out of Jackson County taken into custody

Zacharie Scott Borton
Posted at 12:10 PM, Aug 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-24 09:33:52-04

GRASS LAKE, Mich. — A man from Grand Rapids wanted in connection to a triple homicide case out of Jackson County has been arrested.

Zacharie Scott Borton, 43, was staying at the residence in the 4900 block of Fishville Road where the three men were found dead from gunshot wounds on Sunday morning.

The three men are 80-year-old Delmar Eugene Fraley, 70-year-old Edward John Kantzler and 70-year-old Michael George Pauli. All three were from Grass Lake.

"A person who is friends with the deceased had shown up at the house to speak with them and discovered the bodies and then called 911," Sheriff Gary Schuette said.

Grand Rapids Police confirm to our West Michigan affiliate FOX 17 News that Borton was arrested Monday. He was located around 7:30 p.m. off 3rd Street NW in Grand Rapids and taken into custody without incident.

Schuette says Kantzler’s vehicle, a red 2006 Ford Explorer with the license plate EDH 1595, was stolen from the residence. The sheriff’s office believes Borton may have been driving it.

Borton is wanted by Grand Rapids police for one count of felonious assault and one count of discharging a firearm into a building.

Anyone with information is asked to contact with Detective Sergeant Bryan Huttenlocker at (517) 768-7931 or mid-Michigan Crime Stoppers at (517) 483-7687 (STOP).

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