Barbara Rush, 49, and her husband reportedly divorced in 2001. She and the couple’s son Robert P. MacMichael II, now 25, remained in the family home that was owned jointly by the couple. According to the ex-husband there were times when Barbara Rush struggled financially and he stated that he had helped to pay some of the expenses at times. At some point Barbara Rush met Greg Bartee, 43, and later he moved in with Barbara and her son.
There were times when Bartee wasn’t working regularly and the couple were still struggling financially. They had made a decision that they were going to have to give up the home. A friend was going to move in and rent the home after they moved out, and that friend moved in before they left to help with expenses until they had gotten another place.
Barbara Rush’s son has told media that he stopped in to see his mother and Greg Bartee to wish them a Merry Christmas and give his mother a card. MacMichael II allegedly told media that since meeting Bartee his mother had been drinking more and that when he saw them on Fri. that his mother seemed depressed.
On Fri. after Christmas, the roommate reportedly had not seen the couple for a couple of days and he got curious as to why he had not seen them. Their room was locked but he managed to gain entry, found the couple and police were called.
According to police the couple had been beaten to death and they may have been dead in their room for about two days. A vehicle belonging to the roommate was missing from the home.
Police began looking for the vehicle and interviewing neighbors and others who might have information in the couple’s death. Reportedly one of the persons they wanted to interview was Barbara Rush’s son Robert MacMichael II. Yet the son admitted to media a few days after his mother was found that he had not called detectives back. According to media there was a warrant out for MacMichael II for not appearing on a drunk driving charge. MacMichael II’s father has said that he did want his son to call police. But he explained that his son had had other other arrests and he didn’t like police.
Police have made an arrest in the deaths of Barbara Rush and Greg Bartee. On Tuesday they arrested Robert MacMichael II, Barbara Rush’s son.
According to prosecutor’s MacMichael II had been staying in a motel part of the time since his mother’s death and the prosecution believes that he was trying to hide out during the investigation. He was not driving the missing vehicle, but that vehicle has also been found. Prosecution believes that MacMichael II drove the missing vehicle away from the scene.
MacMichael’s father mentioned that his son had had previous arrests.
This ColumbusDispatch article outlines some of MacMichael’s criminal history which reportedly started as a juvenile and includes attempted murder, burglary and robbery as well as other charges as a delinquent. He also has previous drug and other charges as an adult and has a charge for theft pending according to the article. In Dec. 2006, Barbara Rush reportedly called police with an allegation that Robert MacDonald had grabbed her arm and refused to let her leave, MacMichael II was arrested but those charges were later dropped. MacMichael II also has a record of domestic violence charges for violence against a girlfriend.
Robert MacMichael II may be connected to a previous case that I have written about. In May of 2006 I wrote “This may be off-topic for this blog.” The story of the disappearance of Ashley Howley. In 2004 Ashley Howley went missing and has never been found. Her case is now a cold case but police say they are reopening it. It was questioned at that time that Ashley Howley’s boyfriend might have been connected to her disappearance. And police are now saying that Ashley’s boyfriend has been their primary suspect in that disappearance. Ashley Howley was dating Robert MacMichael II before she disappeared. Ashely Howley nor her body has ever been found.
Relationship violence is usually thought of as violence between two members of a couple who are either married, dating or living together. But there are many types of relationship violence and child/parent violence is one more type.
I want to give a big thank you to LiLO for the information on this post. She first brought this to my attention at the time of the original post and she also let me know there was new information on the case available.