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Monday, March 13, 2017

Detroit Man Charged in Whittier Fire Killing Five

On Friday, March 10, 2017, Prosecutor Kym Worthy charged Henry Keith Johnson, 55 (DOB: 12/15/61) of Detroit, in connection with an arson fire that killed five victims. On March 8, 2017 at 1:35 p.m., it is alleged that Johnson set a fire in an apartment building where he resided in the 10500 block of Whittier in Detroit. The fire killed five men who also resided in the building.

Johnson was charged with five counts of First Degree Felony Murder, and one count of First Degree Arson*. The defendant was arraigned and remanded to jail on March 10, 2017. Johnson’s probable cause conference is scheduled for March 23, 2017 at 8:30 a.m.; the preliminary examination is scheduled for March 30, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. Both hearings are before Judge Deborah Lewis Langston in 36th District Court.

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

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Detroit Woman Charged in Elder Abuse Stabbing

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy has charged Betty Mae Clark, 50 (DOB: 11/08/1966), of Detroit, with the armed robbery and assault of a 90-year-old man, also of Detroit. It is alleged that on March 11, 2017 at approximately 2:22 p.m., while Clark was in the victim’s home, she assaulted, stabbed and robbed him. The victim sustained non-fatal stab wounds. Detroit EMS was dispatched to the scene and the victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Clark has been charged with AWIM, two counts of Felonious Assault, Armed Robbery and Larceny in a Building*. She was arraigned this afternoon before Magistrate Bari Blake Wood. The probable cause conference is scheduled for March 23, 2017 at 8:30 a.m.; the preliminary examination is scheduled for March 29, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. Both hearings are before Judge Lydia Nance Adams in 36th District Court. The defendant received a $500,000 cash/surety bond.

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

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Detroit Man Arrested in Shooting of Two Detroit Officers

Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Raymond Durham, (DOB: 04/22/1956) of Detroit, in connection with the shooting of two male Detroit Police officers. On March 15, 2017 at approximately 8:30 p.m., the two police officers were in a marked scout car and stopped to conduct a pedestrian investigation of Durham on Ash Street near Tillman. The officers stopped their car and led Durham to the front of the vehicle. While he was being detained, Durham is alleged to have fought with the officers and pulled a gun from his front waistband and fired at the officers causing them to return fire.

One officer who is a 20 year veteran of the Detroit Police Department suffered multiple gunshot wounds. The other officer, a four year member of the police department, sustained a gunshot wound to his leg. Both officers were taken to a local hospital where they are being treated.

At approximately 10:53 p.m. on the same night, Durham was located and arrested by the police at Vinewood and Michigan Avenue. The Detroit officers who arrested Durham observed him to have multiple gunshot wounds and transported him to a local hospital where he is currently being treated and remains in police custody.

Durham was charged with two counts of Assault with Intent to Murder, two counts of Resisting and Obstructing the Police Causing Serious Impairment, one count of Felon in Possession of a Firearm and five counts of Felony Firearm*. He was arraigned in the hospital today by 36 District Court Magistrate Laura Echartea. He has a probable cause conference of March 24, 2017 and a preliminary examination of March 30, 2017. He will remain in police custody in the hospital and upon release he will be immediately remanded to jail.

Prosecutor Worthy said,” We are able to charge this case today because of the round the clock collaboration with the Detroit Police Department, the Michigan State Police, and many others who worked tirelessly on this case. Any time a police officer is injured is a stark reminder of how much law enforcement puts on the line every minute of every day."

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

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