DETROIT - On December 10, 2018, the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office charged Albert Weathers, of Sterling Heights, in connection with the shooting death of Kelly Stough, 36, of Detroit. Ms. Stough was a transgender woman.
On December 7, 2018, at approximately 6:00 a.m., a Detroit Police officer found the lifeless body of Ms. Stough on East McNichols Street at Brush Street. After a police investigation, prosecutors arraigned Weathers on charges of open murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony on December 10, 2018, in 36th District Court.
On July 27, 2023, Defendant Weathers entered a guilty plea to Second-Degree Murder and Felony Firearm with a sentence agreement of eight years for Second-Degree Murder and two years for Felony Firearm. The mother of Ms. Stough acknowledged that she agreed and was grateful for the resolution in the case.
Today he was sentenced according to the plea agreement before Judge Bridget Hathaway. The case was prosecuted by Assistant Prosecutor Lisa Lindsey. The defendant was represented by attorneys Gabi Silver and David Cripps.
"The transgender community is among the most marginalized communities in this country. The Wayne County Prosecutors Office is committed to that not being the case in Wayne County. Today, yet another step was taken to protect our trans community members. Defendant Albert Weathers pled guilty this morning to the murder of Kelly Stough. She will not be forgotten. She mattered. We will continue to aggressively prosecute those who bring harm to this and other Wayne County communities," said Prosecutor Kym Worthy.
"This guilty plea hopefully brings a long-awaited sense of closure to the family and friends of Kelly Stough. Further, it demonstrates a firm commitment to justice from the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office and our team at the Fair Michigan Justice Project," said FMJP President Alanna Maguire.
FMJP is a program that assists Michigan law enforcement officers and prosecutors in solving serious crimes against lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender persons.