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Detroit Man Charged in Beaconsfield Street
Fatal Shooting of 16-Year-Old Girl

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Matthew James Reeves, IV, 22 (DOB: 05/09/1998), of Detroit, in connection with the fatal shooting of 16-year-old Rayne Nicole Dennis, also of Detroit.

On November 8, 2020 at approximately 8:25 p.m., Detroit police officers were dispatched to the 9100 block of Beaconsfield in response to a 911 call about a shooting. Upon arrival, the officers located 16-year-old Rayne Dennis inside the residence, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Medics arrived at the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.

It is alleged that the defendant drove to the residence on Beaconsfield to pick up his daughter from her mother when an argument ensued and became heated. It is further alleged that the defendant went to his vehicle, retrieved a handgun, approached the residence and fired his weapon into the front room window of the house, fatally shooting the victim. The victim was the step-sister of the infant's mother. The defendant fled the scene in his vehicle. Investigation by the Detroit Police Department led to the apprehension of the defendant.

Reeves has been charged with First Degree Murder, four counts of Assault with Intent to Murder, Discharge of a Firearm in/at a Building Causing Death, Carrying a Concealed Weapon and five counts of Felony Firearm.*

The defendant was arraigned and remanded to jail today in 36th District Court. He will have his Probable Cause Conference on November 25, 2020 and his Preliminary Examination, both before Judge Ronald Giles. Please contact the Detroit Police Department for a photograph of the defendant after the arraignment.

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

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