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Detroit Man Charged in Fatal Beating of Berkley Man

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Lawrence James Davis, 23 (DOB: 07/29/1995), of Detroit, in connection with the fatal beating of Tyler Jordan Wingate, 24, of Berkley, MI.

On July 22, 2019 sometime after 1:00 a.m., the victim and his passenger were driving northbound on Livernois Avenue when they crashed into another vehicle. The victim and the passenger exited the vehicle and walked into the gas station parking lot. It is alleged that the defendant struck the victim in the head and, after the victim fell, continued to strike him and kick him. The defendant then fled the scene on foot. At approximately 1:45 a.m. on the same day, Detroit police officers were dispatched to the area of West Davison and Livernois Avenue in response to a call about a shooting. Upon arrival, the officers observed Mr. Wingate lying on the ground unresponsive in the parking lot of a gas station located in the 13500 block of Livernois. The officers also observed two vehicles nearby with apparent accident damage.

Medics arrived on the scene, and transported the victim to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. Investigation by the Detroit Police resulted in the identification of the Davis. More complete facts and evidence in the case will be presented at the preliminary examination.

Davis has been charged with Open Murder.* He was arraigned today before 36th District Court Magistrate Laura Echartea. The Probable Cause Conference is scheduled for August 14, 2019 at 8:30 a.m.; the Preliminary Examination is scheduled for August 21, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. Both hearings are before Judge Lynise Bryant in 36th District Court. The defendant was remanded to jail.

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