Man Ordered To Trial In Waterford Woman's Murder

WWJ News
January 16, 2020 - 10:33 am

photo: Waterford Township Police


WATERFORD (WWJ) - A man accused of killing a woman in Waterford, then setting a fire to cover up the murder, has been bound over for trial. 

A judge on Wednesday ordered Adonis Wilson, 35, to stand trial on charges of open murder, arson, mutilation of a dead body and second-degree animal cruelty.

Police say Wilson fatally stabbed 54-year-old Stefanie Steinberg during an attempted robbery last August, then set her home on fire to cover up the crime.

Wilson's ex-girlfriend testified at his preliminary exam in 48th District Court that Steinberg pleaded for her life before she was killed. Her body was found on dining room floor with a blade stuck in the back of her neck.

In ordering the trial, the judge added a charge of animal cruelty due to injuries Steinberg's dog suffered in the fire.

Wilson fled after the crime and was on the run for a week before he was arrested in Pennsylvania and returned to Michigan. 

Witnesses told investigators that Wilson had been cutting the grass at the victim's home, at 40 N. Lynn Street, shortly before she was found dead by firefighters on Aug. 27. He was also seen at the home several times in the past, police said.

Wilson is set to be arraigned on the charges on Jan. 24.