Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Tyjon Casaya-Scott Hites, 19, (DOB: 10/19/2000), and Omoni Bryant, (DOB: 05/07/1998), both of Detroit, in connection with the fatal shooting of Javar Harrell, 22, and during a recent Detroit demonstration against the murder of George Floyd. Investigation of the case has revealed that it had no connection to the demonstration.
On May 29, 2020 at approximately 11:25 p.m., Detroit police officers responded to the sound of multiple gunshots in the area of Congress and Randolph Streets in downtown Detroit. Officers discovered the victim lying on the ground suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. EMS arrived on the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The facts and evidence in the case will be placed on the record during the Preliminary Examination. It is alleged that a verbal exchange led to the fatal shooting. Investigation by Detroit Police led to the identification and arrest of Bryant.
Hites has been charged with First Degree Premeditated Murder and Felony Firearm. Bryant has been charged with Accessory After the Fact and Felony Firearm.*
Bryant was arraigned today before 36th District Court Magistrate Joseph Boyer. The Probable Cause Conference is scheduled for June 18, 2020 at 8:30 a.m.; the Preliminary Examination is scheduled for June 23, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. Both hearings are before Judge Roberta Archer in 36th District Court. The defendant received a $10,000/10% bond.
Prosecutor Worthy said, "The investigation in this case has confirmed that this homicide was unrelated to the George Floyd protests. The investigation into other aspects of this case continue; we cannot release anything further at this time."
Defendant Hites remains at large. Detroit Police have asked that anyone with information that the accused shooter is asked to call the Detroit Police Homicide Section at 313-596-2260 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.
*The charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.