Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Prosecutor Worthy to Hold 10-Year Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Commemoration
on August 14, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.
On Wednesday, August 14, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on the 32nd Floor of the Guardian Building, Prosecutor Kym Worthy is holding an event to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI). Members of the press are encouraged to cover this event. Please note this event is by private invitation and not open to members of the public.
The progress of SAKI over the last ten years will be highlighted, as well as Enough SAID, the public/private collaboration with Michigan Women's First, The Detroit Crime Commission and WCPO, formed to raise funds to test, investigate, and prosecute the evidence found abandoned in a Detroit Evidence warehouse on August 17, 2009.
SAKI Commemoration Program
11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - Guests will arrive.
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - The event begins with the following speakers:
Prosecutor Kym Worthy -Introductions, Acknowledgments and Opening Remarks
Warren C. Evans - Wayne County Executive
Chief James Craig - Detroit Police Department
Carolyn Cassin and Peg Tallet - Michigan Women Forward
Debi Cain - Executive Director - MI Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board
Nevila Kaso- Detroit Crime Commission
Kim Trent - African American 490 Group
Laquetta Travis - Voices of the Backlog
Rochelle Riley -Closing Remarks
Thursday, August 8, 2019
Update on the Dismissed Case Involving a 10-Year-Old Canton Youth
On April 29, 2019, it was alleged that a 10-year-old was playing a ball game called Tips. A rubber ball, similar to a dodge ball, is used to play the game. Tips is a game does not involve throwing the ball at the players. During the game, the players are in a circle and everyone tosses a ball in the air. The players must catch the ball while jumping off the ground. Once the game was over, it was alleged that the 10-year-old took the ball and threw it, causing the nine-year-old to suffer a concussion and abrasions to his face. The child's mother made a complaint to the Canton Township Police Department. When the investigation was completed, it was sent to the Prosecutor's office for review.
The 10-year-old was charged as a juvenile with a misdemeanor, Aggravated Assault. On July 31, 2019, the case was permanently dismissed by the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office. This has been communicated to the mother of the 10-year-old child through her legal representative, attorney Maurice Davis.
Prosecutor Worthy said, "The charge in this case was a mistake in judgment by this office, even though it was rectified by permanently dismissing the case on July 31, 2019, prior to the first scheduled court proceeding. To be clear, my office will not be refiling this petition, nor was it ever the intent of our office to do so. I have taken this extremely seriously, and concrete steps have already been made. I am currently reviewing the policies and procedures of our Juvenile Division and re-enforcing internal measures to prevent a similar matter from occurring in the future."
Lincoln Park Man Charged in Whitcomb Street Fatal Shooting
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Louis L. Davis, III, 36 (DOB: 07/03/1982), of Lincoln Park, in connection with the fatal shooting of Antwan Esters-Douthet, 28, and the non-fatal shooting of a four-year-old male child.
On June 21, 2019 at approximately 7:30 p.m., Detroit police officers were dispatched to the 9900 block of Whitcomb Street in response to a shooting. Upon arrival, the officers discovered medics at the scene who transported the four-year-old male child to a local hospital for treatment. They also observed the victim nearby, suffering from gunshot wounds. Other medics arrived at the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital for treatment, but he succumbed to his injuries. Investigation by the Detroit Police led to the apprehension of the defendant.
It is alleged that an argument between Davis and the victim escalated into a fatal shooting. Facts and evidence of the case will be presented at the Preliminary Examination.
Davis has been charged with First Degree Murder, Assault with Intent to Murder, Felon in Possession of a Firearm and three counts of Felony Firearm. * He was arraigned in 36th District Court on earlier this week, His Probable Cause Conference will be held on August 20, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. before Judge Michael Wagner. Please request a photograph of the defendant from the Detroit Police Department.
*The charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.