updated 11/5/2007 8:23:58 PM ET 2007-11-06T01:23:58

A man suspected of killing several women in this city over several terrifying weeks was ordered Monday to stand trial on murder charges in two of the deaths and assault charges in a third attack.

Matthew Emmanuel Macon will stand trial in the August deaths of Karen Delgado-Yates, 41, and Sandra Eichorn, 64, Ingham County District Judge Patrick Cherry ruled.

Macon also is charged with torturing Delgado-Yates, who died after being found in a vacant home with a fractured skull, brain hemorrhage, a broken nose, several cracked ribs, and cuts and bruises, according to testimony from her autopsy.

Catherine Emerson, an Ingham County assistant prosecutor, told the court that what was done to Delgado-Yates “was brutal, inhumane and sadistic.”

Macon also was ordered to stand trial for an attack on a third woman, Linda Chapel Jackson. Prosecutors say Jackson received non-life-threatening injuries during an attack by a man in her home. Her dog charged the man, leading him to flee.

During Macon’s preliminary hearing Monday, a forensic expert for the state police, Jeffrey Nye, testified that DNA left at the houses where Delgado-Yates and Eichorn were found either matched Macon’s DNA profile or didn’t rule him out as a suspect.

Mike O’Briant, Macon’s attorney, said during the hearing that there were no eyewitness reports of Macon attacking the women and that there some errors were made in the DNA testing of materials found at the crime scene.

“It just takes a little evidence” to send Macon to trial, O’Briant told reporters afterward. “Keep an open mind.”

Judge dismisses some charges
Cherry dismissed charges of criminal sexual conduct, home invasion and failure to register his residence with authorities, as Macon is required to do as a convicted sex offender.

Macon also is suspected in the deaths of Ruth Hallman, 76; Deborah Cooke, 36; and Debra Renfors, 46. A number of the victims were beaten and found in Lansing houses.

Police also want Macon to be charged with the 2004 death of Barbara Jean Tuttle, 45, of Lansing. Tuttle’s body was found in the same house where Renfors’ was later discovered.

Macon, 28, who had been in prison off and on since 2001, was paroled in late June.

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