2017-03-30 / Front Page

Homicide Claims Life of Local Woman

Grandson Confesses and Is Jailed in St. Ignace


Jacobb St. Andrew Jacobb St. Andrew Jacobb St. Andrew, 21, of St. Ignace, has been charged with the murder of his grandmother, 66-year-old Barbara Trainor-Hoyt of St. Ignace, at her home. He was arrested Saturday, March 25, after police say he confessed to the crime. He was arraigned and charged with first-degree, premeditated homicide and being a habitual offender Monday morning, March 27, at the 92nd District Court in St. Ignace. The investigation is ongoing, and city Police Chief Mark Wilk said Monday that the police have yet to pin down a motive for the murder.

Police were alerted to the incident when Mr. St. Andrew appeared in the Mackinac County Sheriff’s Office Saturday, and told the officers there that one of his relatives was deceased at home. St. Ignace City Police and Michigan State Police went to the home on Marquette Street, where they discovered the body of Mrs. Trainor-Hoyt. Officers said her death was not from natural causes.

While they were interviewing Mr. St. Andrew, police said, he confessed to the homicide and was lodged in the Mackinac County Jail. Judge Beth Gibson revoked bond at the time of arraignment owing to the severity of the crime, and he remains jailed. Chief Wilk said this was not unusual for a case of this nature.

Mr. St. Andrew lived with his grandmother at times. Chief Wilk told The St. Ignace News that the early indications in the investigation are that Mrs. Trainor-Hoyt died as a result of the use of physical force; there were no weapons involved.

Mr. St. Andrew was previously charged with a felony for stealing a vehicle in Louisiana.

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