Walled Lake man charged with murder for allegedly killing his neighbor

NOVI , Mich. (WXYZ) - A Walled Lake man has now been formally charged with the murder of his neighbor.

Charles Simpkins was arraigned Thursday on an Open Murder charge in the shooting death of 45-year-old Edwin Chrispell, which happened Tuesday at around 9:30 pm.

Twenty-eight-year-old Simpkins was recently discharged from the Marine Corps. The circumstances of that are not unclear.

Detective Anthony Noble told a judge in District Court in Novi what happened when officers got to the scene.

"They walked up to the suspect and, at that point, they asked what was going on.  He stated that he was the shooter and that he had called 911," said Detective Noble. "They observed Mr. Chrispell lying face down in the snow next to the front of the house."

When police approached him, Detective Noble said officers could see Simpkins had a handgun.

According to detectives, Simpkins' bloodhound was on the loose and Chrispell had placed the dog in a fenced in area in the back of his home.

Police said Simpkins was upset with the victim for holding his dog so an argument took place.

Investigators told the judge there was evidence that Chrispell had been punched a few times and was retreating when the shooting happened.

Detectives said there had been several reports of Simpkins' pet roaming the streets in the past.

His attorney, Todd Flood, told 7 Action News there is much more to the story.

"At the end of all of this, it will unfold in the courtroom," said Flood. "I can't get into the details of the case but you will hear it, you will see. But I think although tragic, this is a situation where he will come up on top of this case."

The judge ordered that no bond be set in this case. 

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