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Monday, December 16, 2019

Defendant Gabrielle Marie Brantley - Defendant charged with First Degree Murder of 20-year-old KaBria Arnold at a location near Pilgrim Street and Bentler Street in Detroit. Today the preliminary examination was adjourned from 1:30 p.m. today in 36th District Court by mutual agreement of the parties to allow more time for discovery to be reviewed. The matter has been adjourned until January 10, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. before Judge Ronald Giles.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Detroit Man Charged in Manor Street Murders

On December 13, 2019, Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Sylvester Denard Gilmore, 44 (DOB: 04/04/1975), of Detroit, in connection with the homicides of Anthony Foster, 69 and Devon Gillard, 41, both of Detroit.

On December 12, 2019, at 12:15 a.m., at a location in the 11740 block of Manor, it is alleged that Gilmore had a verbal disagreement with Foster and Gillard, and fatally shot them with a handgun. Detroit Police were dispatched to the scene at approximately 12:30 a.m. and observed the two victims in the living room of the home. They also observed Gilmore seated in a living room chair with a handgun next to him. Medics arrived at the scene and pronounced the two victims deceased. The defendant was taken into custody at the scene. More complete facts and evidence in the case will be presented in court at the Preliminary Examination.

Gilmore has been charged with two counts of First Degree Murder, and two counts of Felony Firearm.* He was arraigned on December 16, 2019 before 36th District Court Magistrate Dawn White. The Probable Cause Conference is scheduled for December 30, 2019 at 8:30 a.m.; the Preliminary Examination is scheduled for January 6, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. Both hearings are before Judge Ronald Giles in 36th District Court. The defendant was remanded to jail. Please ask the Detroit Police Department for a photograph of the defendant.

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

Livonia Parents Charged in Daughter's Death

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Allen James Abel, 46, (DOB: 07/17/1973) and Kimberly Marie Davidson, 40 (DOB: 02/09/1979) in connection with the death of their three-month old daughter.

On June 17, 2019 at approximately 5:13 p.m., Livonia Police officers were dispatched to a residence in the 19300 block of Rensellor on a report of an unresponsive infant. Upon arrival, the officers found a three-month-old infant. Medics arrived on the scene and transported the infant to a local hospital for treatment where she was pronounced deceased. It is alleged that the defendants created an unsafe sleep environment which resulted in the death of their daughter. The facts and evidence of the case will be presented at the Preliminary Examination.

Abel and Davidson have been charged with Involuntary Manslaughter and Second Degree Child Abuse.* Today Davidson turned herself in to the police and was arraigned and received a $20,000/10% bond in 16th District Court. Her Probable Cause Conference is expected to occur on December 26, 2019. Able is expected to be video arraigned in 16th District Court tomorrow. WCPO does not have a specific time for the arraignment.

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

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Detroit Man Charged in Trinity Street Arson

On December 15, 2019, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy charged Marion Scruggs, 39 (DOB: 06/29/1980), of Detroit, in connection with the arson of a residence inhabited by a 37-year-old Detroit woman that also led to the death of one of her pet dogs. The victim and the defendant were acquainted.

On November 20, 2019 at approximately 10:20 p.m., the Detroit Fire Department responded to a building fire call in the 17100 block of Trinity Street in Detroit. Upon arrival, the firefighters extinguished the fire. The victim of the home indicated to the firefighters that there were two dogs inside. The firefighters found one dog alert and the other dog unconscious. Efforts to resuscitate the unconscious animal failed. It is alleged that the victim had an argument with Scruggs and, as a result, he deliberately set the fire and burned the victim's home and caused the death of one of her pets. Investigation by the Detroit Police Department led to the arrest of the defendant.

Scruggs has been charged with Second Degree Arson and Second Degree Killing/Torturing of an Animal.* He was arraigned on December 15, 2019 in 34th District Court in Romulus. The Probable Cause Conference is scheduled for December 27, 2019 and the Preliminary Examination is scheduled for January 3, 2020. Both hearings are before Judge Stanford Jones in 36th District Court. The defendant received a $75,000/10% bond. Please contact the Detroit Police Department for a photograph of the defendant.

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

Thursday, December 19, 2019

JuJuan Parks Charged in Homicide of
DPD Officer Rasheen McClain

On December 3, 2019, Prosecutor Kym Worthy charged JuJuan Parks, 28 (DOB: 02/01/1991), of Detroit, in connection with the homicide of Detroit Police Officer Rasheen McClain, 46, and the non-fatal shooting of Officer Philippe Batoum-Bisse. On November 20, 2019 at 7:05 p.m., Officers McClain and Batoum-Bisse responded to a disturbance at a home in the 20040 block of Wyoming. McClain and Batoum-Bisse, with other responding officers, Danny Chambers and Joseph Weaver, entered the home and while going down into the basement, came under fire. It is alleged that Parks fatally shot Officer McClain in the neck and non-fatally wounded Officer Batoum-Bisse in the leg. Both were taken to a local hospital where Officer McClain succumbed to his injury and Officer Batoum-Bisse received treatment for his injury.

Chambers and Weaver observed Parks fleeing from the house on foot and the three exchanged gunfire. During the gunfire Parks was wounded in the arm. Parks was arrested a block away and taken to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Prosecutor Worthy said, "As the allegations surrounding the heartbreaking death of Officer McClain unfold, we continue to do what is necessary to bring his assailant to justice. There cannot be a rush to judgment. We charge JuJuan Parks with the death of Officer McClain today, but I would like to caution everyone that this investigation is far reaching and is not over. As always, we will be thorough and complete. Only the path of justice, and nothing else, will dictate further action."

JuJuan Parks is charged with one count of First Degree Murder under two theories-Premeditated Murder and Murder of a Police Officer, three counts of Assault with Intent to Murder, Resisting and Obstructing a Police Officer Causing Death, Discharge of a Weapon in a Building Causing Death, Discharge of a Weapon in a Building Causing Serious Impairment, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and eight counts of Felony Firearm Second Offense.*

Today Parks had his Probable Cause Conference before Judge Ronald Giles in 36th District Court and was referred for competency and competency to waive Miranda rights. His next court date is scheduled for March 5, 2020. Other investigations related to this defendant are ongoing and therefore no comment will be made about them.

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

Friday, December 20, 2019

Pittsburgh Controller Chelsa Wagner's New Court Dates

Ms. Wagner was charged with two counts of Resisting and Obstructing the Police, a felony carrying a maximum penalty of two years, and one count of Disorderly Conduct, a misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of 90 days. * Her jury trial began on November 12, 2019 before Judge Dalton Roberson and concluded on November 20, 2019. Ms. Wagner was found not guilty of the misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct. A mistrial was declared on the felony count of Resisting and Obstructing the Police.

The pre-trial conference for the remaining felony count of Resisting and Obstructing the Police was held today before Judge Regina Thomas. Due to a problem with the video feed Ms. Wagner's presence in court was waived. She must appear in court on March 30, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. for any pre-trial motions. Her trial is on April 20, 2020 at 9:a.m.

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