On January 14, 2022, at approximately 10:41 p.m., Detroit police officers were dispatched to a residence in the 20020 block of Packard Street in Detroit for reports of a woman being held against her will. Upon their arrival, officers located the victim inside the basement of the home with severe burn marks. Medics arrived on scene and transported the victim to a local hospital for treatment. Defendant Marsh was arrested at the scene. It is alleged that an argument between the defendant and the victim escalated, and Defendant Marsh poured lighter fluid on the victim before setting her on fire.
On January 16, 2022, a warrant request was presented by the Detroit Police Department Arson Unit. Based upon the paperwork submitted the defendant was charged with Assault with Intent to Do Great Bodily Harm, Felonious Assault, Possession of a Firearm by a by a Felon, and Domestic Violence. On the same day, the defendant was arraigned and received a 50,000/10% bond with an order of no contact with the victim, no firearms, no use of controlled substances in 36th District Court.
On January 19, 2022, more complete reports were presented to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office. The original case was dismissed in court and a new case has been issued in this case.
Devonne Lamar Marsh has been charged with one count of Assault with Intent to Murder, one count of Delivery or Manufacturing of a Controlled Substance - Less than 50 Grams, one count of Assault with Intent to do Great Bodily Harm - Less than Murder, three counts of Felon in Possession, two counts of Felony Firearm, one count of Felonious Assault, one count of Assault and Battery of a Pregnant Individual, and one count of Domestic Violence. *
On January 21, 2022, Prosecutor Worthy said, "The evidence in this case will show that the defendant set his live-in girlfriend on fire after an altercation with her. She was six months pregnant with twins. After receiving further evidence, we have dismissed our original charges and immediately reissued charges against him. His original bond was woefully inadequate, and we will be seeking a more appropriate bond given these charges."
The defendant was arraigned this morning and given a $750,000 cash/surety bond and a GPS tether with house arrest. He is also ordered to have no contact with the victim or the location of the crime. The Probable Cause Conference is scheduled for February 1, 2022 and the Preliminary Examination is scheduled for February 8, 2022 in 36th District Court before Judge Kenneth King. Please request a photograph of the defendant from the Detroit Police Department.
"A judge must look at each case critically and make an informed decision. We are thankful that Judge King looked at the totality of the circumstances, the facts, and the defendant's background and history," said Prosecutor Worthy.
*The charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.