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Overkill: Avenging the Death of Deputy Grant Whitaker

December 15, 2016


This is the story of the December 7, 2014 death of Ingham County Deputy Grant Whitaker and its aftermath. It is rather long, so I am presenting it in pieces:



Saturday Night


Sunday Morning


The Okemos Raid


The Funeral


The Arrest


The Trial


High and Drunk


Headlights Off


Prosecutorial Excess


The Sentencing


Kelsey Criminal Record


Who is John Kelsey?



Some of the above sections contain excerpts of dialogue from John Kelsey's trial. Those were obtained from a transcript I purchased from a court stenographer for Ingham County's 30th District (story here). The transcript was provided in digital form, in 8 volumes numbered 2-9. When I quote from the transcript, I link to the volume and provide the page number. For example, V6-37 means page 37 of volume 6. So to see the actual dialogue from the transcript, click on the volume number and scroll down to the page number provided. If you'd like to go directly to the transcripts, here they are:

Volume 2

Volume 3

Volume 4

Volume 5

Volume 6

Volume 7

Volume 8

Volume 9

The part about the Okemos raid came primarily from Curt Smith's 11/10/2015 story in the Lansing State Journal, which was based on the Okemos couples' lawsuit.


Some information came directly from John Kelsey by way of phone conversations and emails sent from the St. Louis Correctional Facility. Several documents came from the court case file, currently located at the Court of Appeals in the Hall of Justice in Lansing.


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