GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - A pair of witnesses testified Friday that 56-year-old Aurelias Marshall told them he was involved in the beating death of Joel Battaglia in June of 1990. Battaglia, 23, left Eastown's Mulligan's Pub early in the morning of June 11, 1990. His body was found about a half mile away, on the sidewalk in the East Hills neighborhood.
Shelia Reed testified she saw a man she knew, "AJ," beating a "white boy" out on the sidewalk. Reed worked with AJ, also known as Aurelias Marshall, at a local hotel. At work a few days later, she testified, he "said I beat up a white boy." The boy was Battaglia.
Reed is facing perjury charges for lying to police about the case.