Two Alpena men have been charged for their involvement in the 2012 death of a 27-year-old Alpena woman.
Matthew Clegg, 30, was arraigned Monday and is lodged in the Alpena County Jail with a $250,000 cash bond. The charges are conspiracy to commit delivery of a controlled substance causing death, criminal sexual conduct first degree, and inciting or procuring false testimony. Conspiracy to commit delivery of a controlled substance causing death and criminal sexual conduct first degree are both felonies and carry a maximum penalty of life in prison. Procuring a false testimony is a five-year felony. Additional charges may be added.
The second suspect currently is incarcerated with the Michigan Department of Corrections and will be brought for arraignment by MDOC personnel. No arraignment date has been set yet for this suspect. After his arraignment his name and charges will be released.
The investigation began on Christmas morning 2012 when the female was brought into the Alpena Regional Medical Center emergency room. The victim was pronounced dead and the autopsy showed the victim died from an apparent drug overdose and she had been sexually assaulted.
Detectives developed two suspects early in the investigation. One suspect was identified as Clegg, who initially fled Christmas morning to Mt. Pleasant and subsequently to Arizona. Upon learning of his recent return to Alpena, detectives enlisted the help of the Michigan State Police, Specialized Fugitive Team to locate and arrest him.