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McConnell in court Wed. for arraignment

CALHOUN COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - 47-year-old Jackie McConnell and his former girlfriend, 42-year-old Donna Frost were both reported missing last week.

The search took a deadly turn on Monday, when troopers found Frost's body buried in Albion, not far from her home.

Family members say they're told she was beaten to death, and detectives believe she died at the hands of McConnell.

Newschannel 3 had the only cameras in court Wednesday as McConnell was arraigned.

McConnell was given a $300,000 cash bond, after being charged with violating his sex offender registration and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

It's unusual to see the County Prosecutor handling arraignments but David Gilbert was there for McConnell's appearance.

In this case, the prosecutor is waiting on paperwork to charge McConnell with murdering Donna Frost in the couple's Albion home.

Police sources told Newschannel 3 earlier this week that McConnell has already confessed to the murder when they caught up with him in North Carolina over the weekend, and he told detectives where they would find Frost's body.

Prosecutor David Gilbert said that the location where the body was buried is familiar to McConnell.

An open murder charge is expected to be filed Thursday, once the prosecutor gets all of the paper work from the Calhoun County Major Crimes Task Force.

The court also notified McConnell that he's being considered a fourth time habitual offender, because of three prior convictions, including criminal sexual conduct with a child.

Because of this, he could spend life behind bars just for the charges he's facing right now.