Murder suspect to stand trial

MARQUETTE – An Ishpeming man accused of killing 29-year-old David Scott Meyer Jr. by shooting him in the head last June was bound over to Marquette Circuit Court Friday to stand trial.

A preliminary hearing was held Friday in Marquette County District Court for Jacques Earl Carpenter, 52, who was bound over on a homicide charge, but not on additional initial charges.

Those charges included unlawful imprisonment, a 15-year felony; one count of assault with a dangerous weapon, a four-year felony; and one count of weapons – felony firearm, a two-year felony.

He is scheduled for arraignment in circuit court April 5, according to attorney Karl Numinen, who is representing Carpenter.

Police said Carpenter allegedly shot Meyer in the head at 409 N. Second St. in Ishpeming, where Carpenter and Meyer were renting rooms. Police reported initially the two men had been arguing.

An eyewitness told police Carpenter had allegedly held him at gunpoint in the home for about 10 minutes after the shooting, warning him not to go to police. He eventually escaped the home and led police back to the residence, where they found Meyer lying on the living room floor dead, police said.

Police said Carpenter was placed under arrest at the scene without incident and a 40-caliber handgun was retrieved from the residence.

John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206. His email address is