Investigators: City councilman made wife's drowning look like accident

Investigators believe Shannon drowned his wife of 6 years in the bath tub and tried to make it look like an accident.

A city council member in a Hart, in Oceana County, has been charged with open murder in the bathtub drowning of his wife.

Timothy Shannon, 34, was arraigned Wednesday in the death of 34-year-old Lee-Ann Shannon. He was ordered held without bond and a preliminary hearing is Jan. 14.

The Oceana County sheriff's department says Thursday it didn't know whether he had a lawyer.

The department says the death was initially reported Dec. 29 as an accidental drowning at the couple's home in the Oceana County community, about 60 miles northwest of Grand Rapids. Investigators believe Timothy Shannon drowned his wife in the tub and attempted to report it as an accident.

Timothy Shannon was held after a Tuesday interview with investigators.

The Shannons were married for 6 years and have two children, ages 3 and 4.