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Jury Convicts Grand Blanc Man in Cold Case Bath Twp Murder

LANSING – Today, a Clinton County jury found Thomas Olson, 35, of Grand Blanc, guilty of one count of Second-Degree Murder and one count of Felony Firearm in the 2018 shooting death of Chong Moua Yang, 68, at the Rose Lake State Park in Bath Township. 

“I am grateful for the dedicated work of the prosecutors in my office, as well as the determination of the Bath Township Police Department and the FBI in their yearslong pursuit in resolving this cold case,” Nessel said. “This murder shocked the Bath Township and Michigan hunting communities, and it is our hope that this conviction may bring some peace and healing to Mr. Yang's friends and family.” 

On November 16th, 2018, Chong Yang went hunting in the Rose Lake State Park in Bath Township, a frequent hunting spot for him. When he had not returned home that evening, his wife became alarmed. Members of Yang’s family volunteered to look for him and found his car in the parking lot. Footprints led them to the victim’s body. 

Yang was found lying face down with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the head. Witness testimony and a plastic bag with hunting spray that was recovered near the scene led police to Olson. Nessel alleged that Olson killed Yang while hunting, and stole the victim’s headlamp, knife, backpack, and shotgun. 

Sentencing will take place April 8, 2024, at 2:00 pm.


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