Monday, November 19, 2018

Detroit Man Charged in Senior Housing Double Homicide

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged James Fleming, 69 (DOB: 11/04/1949), of Detroit, in connection with the fatal shootings of Kenneth Darnell Hall, 50 and Bernice Clark, 66, both of Detroit.

On November 13, 2018, at approximately 9:10 p.m., Detroit police officers responded to a shooting in progress at an apartment building in the 800 block of Dickerson. Upon arrival, the officers discovered the first victim, Mr. Hall, a security guard at the building, who had sustained a gunshot wound. He was unresponsive outside of the apartment building. The police then discovered the second victim, Ms. Clark, who also sustained a gunshot wound and was found unresponsive in the first-floor hallway. Medics arrived and pronounced both victims dead at the scene.

A 30-year-old female victim who knew Fleming alleged that she was in his apartment when he sexually assaulted her on the same evening. She was able to escape the apartment, and report her attack to the officers at the homicide scene.

It is alleged that Defendant James Fleming, a resident of the building, engaged in an altercation with another person and locked himself out of his apartment. After Mr. Hall opened his door for him, it is alleged that Fleming discharged his weapon at Mr. Hall, striking him. It is further alleged that the defendant fired his weapon at other people as he exited the building, fatally striking Ms. Clark.

Fleming has been charged with two counts of First Degree Murder, three counts of Assault with Intent to Murder and six counts of Felony Firearm. He is also charged with one count each of Kidnapping, Criminal Sexual Conduct Second Degree, Felon in Possession of a Firearm.*

Fleming was arrested and is currently being held in Richmond, Virginia. Arrangements for his extradition are currently pending.

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

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Detroit Man Charged in Fatal Shooting on Kensington Street

On September 25, 2018, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy charged Cornelius Leshawn Dennis, 32 (DOB: 12/12/1985), in connection with the fatal shooting of Roberta Martin, 64, and the non-fatal shooting of a 33-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman, all of Detroit.

On September 24, 2018 at approximately 2:50 a.m., it is alleged that Dennis forced entry into Ms. Martin's home, located in the 5200 block of Kensington in Detroit, and fatally shot her multiple times. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The defendant also shot his ex-girlfriend and a man who were inside the home at the time. Both were treated at a local hospital for their injuries. It is alleged that after the shooting, Dennis fled from the location. He was brought into custody on November 19, 2018.

Dennis has been charged with First Degree Murder, Felony Murder, two counts of Assault with Intent to Murder, Home Invasion - First Degree and three counts of Felony Firearm.* He was arraigned and remanded to jail this afternoon in 36th District Court. His Probable Cause Conference is on December 3, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. and his Preliminary Examination is on December 10, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. before Judge William McConico in 36th District Court.

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

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Carla Sledge and Steven Collins - Ms. Sledge and Mr. Collins were charged with alleged misconduct related to the failed Wayne County jail project during the Ficano Administration. Late this afternoon Judge Vonda Evans summoned the lawyers in the case to her courtroom. She issued an opinion and order dismissing the case of Misconduct in Office, and the Public Officer- Willful Neglect of Duty against Ms. Sledge and Mr. Collins citing defects in the indictment that the People failed to cure. Judge Evan's opinion is attached for review. A decision to appeal has not been determined at this time.

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