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Wirgau and Srebnik Charged with First Degree Murder

Charges are being filed against Brad Srebnik and Joshua Wirgau, for the deaths of Brynn Bills and Abby Hill.

Both are facing up to life in prison and premeditated first degree murder charges. “Because this case is of such high importance for this community, the attorney general and my office are working together with law enforcement on this investigation,” said Cynthia Muszynski, Alpena County prosecutor.

Its been over a year since the body of Brynn Bills was discovered buried in the backyard of Joshua Wirgau. The public has been waiting that long for charges to be filed and during a press conference at the Michigan State Police Alpena Post on Wednesday, the time had finally come. “Now, I realize there are those who would have liked to seen these charges brought sooner, but it is our duty to investigate and prosecute these cases by following the evidence and pursuing all information,” said Dana Nessel, Michigan attorney general.

Muszynski and the attorney general’s office say 36-year-old Brad Srebnik, Wirgau’s friend, murdered bills in August shortly after she was last seen. The two are also accused of murdering Abby Hill in order to stop her from revealing information about Bills’s murder. Through investigation, detectives found out from Facebook messenger and eyewitness testimony that Bills was picked up by Hill on August 2 and later killed by Srebnik shortly after and buried in the backyard of Wirgau’s home.

On September 25, Wirgau, Srebnik, and Hill were dropped off in a remote wooded area in Alpena where Hill was then killed and left on the property.

Srebnik is facing a number of charges including first degree premeditated homicide for the murder of Bills, one count of premeditated homicide for the murder of Hill, and one count of disinterment and mutilation of a dead body. Wirgau faces one count of first degree homicide for the murder of hill and not bills, one count of disinterment and mutilation of a dead body and one count of being an accessory after the fact for hiding Bills’s body.

Both Srebnik and Wirgau will be arraigned on Thursday.