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Man with bones found in yard confesses to double-homicide

Posted at 5:48 PM, Aug 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-02 22:05:56-04

LANSING, Mich. — Fox 47 has new details on the murders of a woman and her young son, whose bones were found in a yard on Loa Street on July 1, 2019.

Court documents show Douglas Hill confessed to shooting his then-girlfriend, Danielle Steiner, and her five-year-old son, Aubrey Hall.

Hill was in court Friday morning for a hearing.

He is facing two counts of open murder and two weapons charges.

Steiner and Hall lived next to Douglas Hill before moving in with him for a couple of months in 2018.

Court documents say that's when tensions began to rise.

"It was kind of rocky...," said Darlene Nicklosovich, a neighbor.

Fox 47 talked to two neighbors on Loa Street in July after Steiner’s and Hall's bones were found, and when Hill was arrested.

"I just hope the family is able to get their peace of mind...I know that it's got to be hard for them," said Art Phillips, a resident on Loa.

The court documents obtained by us show that Hill and Steiner were in an intimate relationship.

They got into an argument on Father's Day of 2018, and Steiner left and took Hall with her.

"All of a sudden we didn't see her," said Nicklosovich. "I thought, that's strange...[my husband] asked the boyfriend, 'where's Danielle?' and Hill said, 'oh...she went away...' but that was it..he didn't go into it."

Almost one year later, detectives met with Hill while he was at the Monroe County Jail on unrelated charges.

They say Hill confessed to choking the five-year-old before shooting him and his mother to death.

The documents show Hill then buried the bodies in his backyard on Loa Street.

Douglas Hill is due back in court for his preliminary exam on September 20th.

That's when the judge will decide if there's enough evidence to put him on trial.

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