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Prosecutor Worthy has charged Mitchell J. Dukes, 33 (DOB:11/13/1987), of Hamburg, Michigan in connection with the fatal crash that killed Detroiters Nakia Marie Payton, 39 and Daniel Damon Mixon, 49.

On July 31, 2021, at 2:32 a.m. it is alleged that Defendant Dukes was driving his car the wrong way on I-96 and Wyoming in Detroit under the influence of alcohol when he crashed into a motor scooter. Mr. Mixon was driving the scooter and Ms. Payton was the backseat rider on the scooter. The Michigan State Police and medics were called to the scene of the crash. Ms. Payton was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash. Mr. Mixon was transported to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. The defendant was taken into custody at the scene by MSP.

On Monday, August 2, 2021, a warrant request was submitted to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office. When it was submitted it was lacking critical evidence needed to make a charging decision and was returned to MSP for further investigation, which was recently received. On Wednesday, August 18, 2021, Defendant Dukes was charged with two counts of Second-Degree Murder and two Counts of Operating Under the Influence Causing Death. * He was arrested on August 19th and was expected arraigned on Friday, August 20th in 36th District Court.

He was given a $500,000 cash/surety bond. If he is released on bond he will have with the following conditions: the defendant will be placed on house arrest, he cannot drive, and must have a GPS and alcohol tether. His Probable Conference is on September 7,2021 and Preliminary Examination on September 14, 2021, both before Judge Kenyetta Stafford Jones.

Please request a photo of the defendant from MSP. "I feel like a broken record when I say that crimes involving speeding cars, wrong way drivers, drag racing, drunken driving, and an outright disregard for the rules of the road are 60% higher than they were pre-pandemic," said Prosecutor Worthy. "Yet again, the lives of cherished community members have been lost forever. The charges today are no consolation for their friends and loved ones, but we will fight to ensure that justice is done."

*The charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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