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Man accused of lying in 2013 disappearance heading to trial

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A man accused of lying to police investigating the 2013 disappearance of a gas station clerk in western Michigan is heading to trial.

The Muskegon Chronicle reports 47-year-old Kevin Bluhm on Tuesday waived his preliminary examination. He's facing a charge of lying to police during a violent crime investigation.

Bluhm is the cousin of Jeffrey Willis, who is charged with abducting a 16-year-old girl in April and the 2014 slaying of 36-year-old jogger Rebekah Bletsch in Dalton Township.

Last month, Bluhm waived a preliminary examination on a charge of lying to police in the Bletsch case.

Willis also is being investigated in the 2013 disappearance of Jessica Heeringa, a clerk in Norton Shores.

Authorities say Bluhm told police Willis was responsible, but later told police he made it up.

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