Clinton County Prosecuting Attorney Joseph Gagnon said charges were filed against two suspects this week. Joseph “Chaos” Seward and Micha Wynes are each charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action. A judge set bail in each case at $500,000.
Court documents filed in the cases tell a story of heroin, theft and murder. According to court affidavits, the victim was a heroin user who was believed by his accused killers of being a confidential informant, a “snitch.” They believed Hadden stole identification, cash and drugs from fourth man, while that man was suffering from a heroin overdose.
Out for revenge, the man threatened Wynes if he didn’t help locate Hadden, according to the affidavit.
The probable cause statement describes how the killing allegedly unfolded in July, 2015. The defendants allegedly offered to “get DC to a bus station to get him out of town,” but “DC responded that he wasn’t going anywhere” and that “he wasn’t going to run.” Then, according to the affidavit, they drove around “in the middle of nowhere” until they ran out of gas.
In an interview with investigators, Seward allegedly told authorities he saw Wynes shoot Hadden.
According to the affidavit, Wynes was then able to flag down a female motorist, who left and later returned with gasoline so they could leave the scene.
The new investigation began, and was linked to the missing persons case, after a resident called authorities on Sunday to report spotting the skull and other bones. The victim was originally reported missing by his mother on July 9, 2015. According to the affidavit, the mother called his cell phone and spoke with a restaurant manager who says the phone was found in the parking lot. It was returned to the victim’s girlfriend, who says she discovered through his text messages that the victim was a confidential informant and the girlfriend believed he was killed by one of the defendants.
Police say they recovered a wallet near the remains of the victim, which turned out to belong to the man who suffered the OD. Police say they also found spent shotgun shell casings at the scene.
Online court records do not reflect any scheduled hearings in the case or legal representation for the two defendants.