Arrest Made in Jessica Fear Murder

By: Lori Dougovito
By: Lori Dougovito

A major break Monday in the 2003 stabbing death of a Livingston County gas station clerk.

A Lansing man is behind bars. Police say Leonard Westervelt, 41, killed Jessica Fear in September of 2003. He was supposed to be arraigned Monday, but when he appeared via video arraignment he said he didn't understand the charges and his attorney wasn't present. Westervelt will be back in court Tuesday morning.

Police arrested Westervelt Friday on an unrelated assault charge. Police say one of his family members told them Westervelt admitted he murdered Jessica Fear.

Fear was working the midnight shift at the Sunoco gas station in Fowlerville when she was brutally murdered. Westervelt allegedly came in to rob the place, but things got out of hand and Jessica was stabbed close to 20 times.

According to the Michigan Department of Corrections website, Westervelt has been in prison for larceny and armed robbery.

Stephen Fear, Jessica's father, says it was devastating to see the man accused of killing his daughter in court, but he's happy an arrest has finally been made.

News Ten called Westervelt's attorney Monday, our call was not returned.


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