Man Dies After Being Struck in Head with Ax; Roommate Faces First-Degree Murder Charges

On Saturday evening September 26th, a 58-year-old Wayne man died after being struck in the head with an ax. Now his roommate, 26-year-old Jesse Gunderson, has been arraigned on charges of first-degree murder. Gunderson pleaded not guilty in the death of Danny Dart, according to news reports. iStock_000011602905_Large (2)

Gunderson had been staying at Dart’s home for several weeks; an altercation occurred in the backyard, according to neighbors. One neighbor found Dart lying in his driveway according to a resident in the area of the home located in the 4500 block of Chamberlain Street. An article at stated that a couple lived at the home (presumably Dart and his wife), and that a relative (Gunderson) was visiting the couple from out of state. Gunderson had been at the home for several weeks. Authorities revealed the weapon used to strike Dart in the head was an ax.

Gunderson was denied bond; he is scheduled to appear in court again on October 6th.

Charges of first-degree murder are extremely serious, and may leave the accused facing life behind bars if convicted. This criminal offense occurs when one individual kills another in a deliberate or premeditated manner according to the Michigan Penal Code 750.316. In many murder cases, the prosecutor has a difficult time proving that someone’s death was indeed deliberate and premeditated, as arguments often arise in the heat of the moment and someone is killed with no premeditation or malicious aforethought.

Regardless of the circumstances of your case, it is imperative to work with a qualified Michigan criminal defense attorney who has a proven track record for success, even in cases involving violent crimes such as murder or manslaughter. A seasoned lawyer will work to prove that the death of the victim was not intentional, and bring in expert witnesses when necessary in order to prevent a conviction. Your legal rights must be protected, and police often make mistakes or violate your rights. Speak with a capable and aggressive attorney immediately in order to reach good results in your case.

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