A horrific attack just after midnight November 2010 caused Paul Skinner’s death at his home in Yale, Michigan. InIn the chaotic moments that followed, the authorities focused on his adopted child. Tia SkinnerFor her involvement in the crime. Investigation Discovery’s ‘Blood RelativesA Deadly Education’ delves into a shocking tale that ended with Paul’s death, changing the SkinnerFamilies for all time So, if you’re curious about what happened, we’ve got you covered.
How Did Paul Skinner Die?
Paul Earl SkinnerIt was a MichiganNative born in December 1962. HeGet married Mara BorjaIn April1986. The couple had been married for more than 20 years when the incident took place. PaulHad been a pipefitter for over a decade. He was also an active member in the local community. Paul MaraHad three children together and adopted a fourth. Tia SkinnerThey had a friend, whose mother was also living with them. Yale, Michigan.
Sometime after midnight on November 12, 2010, Paul MaraTwo men attacked them and woken them up. TheThe assailants covered their faces and repeatedly stabbed the couple until they died. PaulThey chased them out the house. MaraFinally, 911 was dialed and the authorities were quick to locate it. PaulHe was stabbed 23 times, eventually resulting in his suicide. OnOn the other hand, Mara26 times stabbed, but miraculously survived.
Who Killed Paul Skinner?
AtThe incident time Paul MaraTheir son, JeffreyVisit them. TheThe home was broken into by intruders. JeffreyWas in the basement and watching a film with TiaThe 17-year-old was a high school student. MaraHer husband called her to wake her up, and she realized that these intruders were attacking her. AtOne point. JeffreyA noise was heard upstairs. TiaBeing up and returning to correct something.
JeffreyThen, they heard a commotion and saw blood on the walls. They noticed. PaulHe was bloody and confused when he returned to the house. HeAlthough he tried to render first aid for his father, it was ultimately unsuccessful. ThroughAll of this and more TiaAccording to, they stayed in the basement. Jeffrey, when he asked her to come up to help their mother, she said, “I can’t come up there, I can’t, I can’t, I can’t.”
OnceWhen the authorities arrived, they were stunned by how calm it was Tia was. DuringShe rode with the police and never asked about her parents or what their fate was. InsteadThe teenager spoke about her school experiences and future college plans. This aroused the authorities’ suspicion. FurthermoreDuring a search of the house, police discovered a piece of paper that looked like a map of the area. The Skinner residence was marked “my house” in addition to an arrow signifying where Paul Mara’s bedroom was.
UponFurther investigation revealed that the investigators knew of the existence of a similar incident in the days preceding. TiaHer parents had disagreements about her relationship life. Paul MaraDisapproved Jonathan KurtzAn 18-year-old girl she was dating who lived just a few miles from her. JustSeveral days before the incident, Paul Mara forbade TiaFrom hanging out with Jonathan. FurthermoreThey saw a message. Tia’s phone from him where he professed his love for her. ThisThe parents were able to take their children. Tia’s phone away.
ItIt seemed like that TiaAnger at her mother eventually led the brutal attack. TheThe police learned the following: JonathanHis friend, James Preston, were also involved. AccordingAccording to authorities, the three met at a youth group meeting to discuss getting rid off Tia’s parents “in the quietest way possible.” TheLater, investigations revealed that Jonathan JamesThe job was offered to them at $500. They were also given a checklist with the items they needed to complete before the attack.
TiaThe detectives were then informed by her that she had let the two men take the map before the attack. She also revealed that the map was taken by a then-18-year old. JamesIt is important to note that TiaHe handed the map to him. TheAuthorities believed she was the mastermind behind this attack, and had left her bedroom window on the first floor open to let in the cold. Jonathan James in. Furthermore, TiaA ladder was left outside the house to make it easy to access. TextThey exchanged messages that showed their plans for the attack and how they chose the knives to use.
Where Are Tia Skinner, Jonathan Kurtz, James Preston Today?
TheThe evidence was overwhelming. Tia, Jonathan, JamesThey were convicted of attempted murder, first-degree murder, and conspiracy for first-degree killing. WhileAll three were sentenced for life in prison with no parole possibility. September 2011, Tia’s sentencing was reconsidered after a Supreme CourtIt was ruled that juveniles convicted in the first degree of murder must not be subject to mandatory no-parole sentences.
ButIn July 2013, TiaThe same sentence was given to me. PrisonRecords indicate that she is still being held at the Women’s Huron Valley Correctional FacilityIn Ypsilanti, Michigan. AsFor JonathanHe is currently serving his sentence. Baraga Correctional FacilityIn Baraga County, Michigan. Finally, JamesCurrently behind bars Muskegon Correctional FacilityIn Muskegon County, Michigan.
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