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Man charged in Oshtemo Township homicide investigation

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Joriel Cruz, pictured here, is charged with open murder in connection with the April 8, 2021 death of Phillip Miller. (WWMT/Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office)

Joriel Cruz was arraigned Monday, April 12, 2021 on charges of open murder, Kalamazoo County deputies said Tuesday.

The charges were in connection with the death of Phillip Miller and subsequent homicide investigation.

Undersheriff James VanDyken said officers found 23-year-old Miller, a Kalamazoo resident, dead in the 5500 block of Redcoat Lane around 1:17 a.m. Thursday, April 8.

Shortly after, they arrested a suspect.

As of Tuesday, April 13, Cruz was lodged in the Kalamazoo County Jail with no bond.