Prosecutor: Grosse Pointe Slaying was Murder for Hire

Police believe a June slaying in Grosse Pointe was a murder for hire.

Joseph Michael Marasco (pictured), 51, of Grosse Pointe, was charged in connection with the June 14 shooting death of Barbara Ann Iske, according to Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy. The shooting occurred at the home Marasco shares with his mother on Dodge Place, the prosecutor said. Marasco will be arraigned on charges of felony murder, first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder at the Grosse Pointe Municipal Court at 2 p.m. Wednesday, according to Worthy. Iske, 57, of Sterling Heights, was a long-time bookkeeper and friend of Marasco's mother, and was in charge of managing her personal finances, according to Worthy. Iske visited the Grosse Pointe home frequently, Local 4 reported. Iske was fatally shot in the driveway of the home at about 10:30 a.m. on June 14, according to reports. An autopsy revealed that Iske suffered a gunshot wound to the face and to the back of the head. Two men were previously arrested in connection with Iske's death. "This was not a whodunit," said Worthy. Worthy said Grosse Pointe police knew who the main suspect was from the beginning of the investigation. Grosse Pointe police worked with Detroit police to reconstruct the case and apprehend all of the parties involved, Worthy said. "Murder for hire takes time and planning to carry out. That's why it took time to solve this case.

This is one of the most vicious crimes because a totally innocent victim was killed purely for personal gain," said Worthy. Derricke Anthony Thompson, 46, of Detroit, was charged in connection with the murder on Nov. 18, and Andre Lamarr Williams, 36, of Detroit, was charged in connection with the murder on Nov. 28, according to Worthy. Williams waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday. He was arraigned and later pleaded guilty, the prosecutor said. Worthy said Williams will be a witness in the homicide cases of Marasco and Thompson. Williams is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 14.A preliminary hearing for Thompson is scheduled Feb. 9. "We took the extraordinary measure of arraigning Mr. Williams and taking a plea (Tuesday) for the protection of the public and because of Mr. Marasco's potential for flight risk," said Worthy. Marasco could face a maximum penalty of life in prison if convicted of the charges.