A man from Grand Rapids, Michigan, has been charged in relation to the murder of his wife, a day after she filed for divorce. Marcus Lofton, 42, reportedly confessed to shooting his wife, Alicia Lofton, multiple times on August 17. This incident occurred just six months after their marriage in February and a day after Alicia had filed for divorce.
Alicia was discovered dead outside her residence following a report of gunshots. Marcus was apprehended later that same day. According to police, Marcus confessed that he and Alicia had an argument on the morning of the shooting. During the altercation, he pulled out her gun from a drawer with the intention of hitting her with it. The gun discharged, causing Alicia to lock herself in a bedroom.
Marcus allegedly confessed to the police that he broke down the bedroom door, saw Alicia attempting to escape through a window, and began shooting. Marcus had previously been arrested for alleged domestic violence against Alicia in May.
Marcus is facing charges of murder and a felony firearm, as stated by Kent County Prosecutor Christopher Becker. He has been denied bond and pleaded not guilty to both charges. A probable cause conference is scheduled for August 29. Marcus’ attorney was not immediately available for comment.
A GoFundMe campaign has been initiated by Alicia’s family to raise funds for her three children.
Lofton is being held at the Kent County Jail without bail. He is due to appear in court again on September 5.