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Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Jonathan Welch a.k.a. Jonathan Lamont-John Welch, 23, (DOB: 05/06/1999), of Harper Woods*, in connection with the non-fatal stabbing of his 42-year-old mother of Harper Woods and the homicides of Zlayiah Frazier, 22, of Roseville, and Robert Bray Jr., 70, also of Harper Woods. Ms. Frazier was Defendant Welch's girlfriend and the mother of his one-year-old son. Mr. Bray was the stepfather of Defendant Welch.

On July 10, 2022, at approximately 8:14 p.m., at the defendant's mother's home in the 20640 block of Kenosha Street in Harper Woods it is alleged that Defendant Welch stabbed his mother in the back multiple times with a butcher knife and killed Ms. Frazier and Mr. Bray with blunt force trauma.

Harper Woods police were called to the scene a set up a perimeter around the home. While setting up the perimeter, officers located the defendant's one-year-old son in the backyard of the home. Medics transported the child to a local hospital for treatment. It is further alleged that Defendant Welch barricaded himself in the home and fired multiple gunshots at the officers before starting a fire inside and appearing in the front doorway. Officers apprehended the defendant, and he was taken to a local hospital for treatment. Members of the Grosse Pointe Woods Fire Department arrived on scene and extinguished the fire inside the home.

Defendant Welch has been charged with two counts of First-Degree Murder, four counts of Assault with Intent to Murder, one count of Second-Degree Arson, seven counts of Felonious Assault, and six counts of Felony Firearm. **

He was arraigned and remanded to jail this afternoon in 32A District Court. The Probable Cause Conference is scheduled for July 20, 2022, at 1:30 p.m., and the Preliminary Examination is scheduled for July 27, 2022, at 1:30 p.m., before Judge Rebekah Coleman. Please request a photograph of the defendant from the Harper Woods Police Department.

* Welch, formerly of Detroit, was ordered to live with his mother upon his release from jail.
** The charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.