PORT HURON, Mich. -- A judge has ordered an Oregon woman to stand trial on a murder charge in the death of her 89-year-old mother whose body was left outside a Michigan thrift store.
Judge John Monaghan says there's evidence that reckless acts by Kelly Rhodes contributed to the death of Mary Grenia of Salem, Ore. He says the dumping of the body near Port Huron was a callous act.
Rhodes and Grenia lived together. Traveling in a truck, they passed through Michigan while attempting to move to Ontario, Canada, in March but were turned away at the border. Grenia died in the truck a few days later. An autopsy revealed heart and lung disease.
Rhodes is charged with an open count of murder. A jury can determine whether it's first- or second-degree murder.