Lansing man faces Feb. 21 hearing in Holt homicide

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A 27-year-old Lansing man was arraigned Feb. 9 in the death of a 35-year-old Holt man in his home.

Ammar Al-Yasari was found dead Feb. 4 in his Glenberry Drive home. The suspect, Jacob Joseph Ficher, was arrested three days later.

“We had three detectives work 100 hours each this past week to get this case figured out and make an arrest. The first 48 hours was huge,” said Ingham County Sheriff Scott Wriggelsworth.

Ficher was arraigned Saturday morning, Feb. 9, on charges of open murder at 55th District Court in Mason. He was jailed without bond at the Ingham County jail.

“We have crimes like this every now and then,” said Wriggelsworth. “Holt isn’t a super small area, it has nearly 27/28,000 people.”

Wriggelsworth said that these types of crime are not common, but they are also not unheard of.

While crime is not uncommon in the Lansing area, Wriggelsworth said, “This street is a low police call street. There’s not a lot of police activity in this area. It’s your basic suburban subdivision.” The sheriff told WLNS that the crime was not random and may have been motivated by a relationship.

With the arraignment over, Ficher will head to the same courthouse in Mason Feb. 21 at 8:30 a.m. for a preliminary examination. The judge will decide if there is sufficient evidence to bind him over for trial in the Circuit Court.

If the judge decides there is, Ficher will be charged with open murder and tried. At that point, the standard is not sufficient cause, but proof beyond a reasonable doubt.

Details of the crime are bing withheld. “The case won’t be available for awhile because it’s an ongoing investigation,” said Wriggelsworth. “It will be several months before anything is available.”

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