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Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Avion Sanders, 23, (DOB: 05/05/1999), of Westland, in connection with the homicide of Jacob Hills, 18, of Grand Blanc.

On July 24, 2022, at approximately 3:10 p.m., Dearborn Heights police officers were dispatched to a hookah lounge in the 6120 block of North Telegraph Road in Dearborn Heights for a welfare check on the victim. The Dearborn Heights police investigated the scene, only Mr. Hills' car was found at the location.

On July 25, 2022, at approximately 1:11 a.m., Detroit police officers were dispatched to a residence in the 22330 block of West Warren Avenue in Detroit, where Mr. Hills was found unresponsive in the basement area of the home. He was observed with multiple gunshot wounds. Medics arrived on scene and pronounced him deceased.

It is alleged that on July 24, 2022, Mr. Hills had been with Defendant Sanders. Later Mr. Hills met the defendant at a party in Detroit, and Mr. Hills decided to bring his new AR-15 with him. The defendant and Mr. Hills left the party and drove to the West Warren home. Defendant Sanders and Mr. Hills went into the basement of the home, but only the defendant exited the home. It is alleged that Defendant Sanders killed the victim, stole his rifle, and abandoned the victim's car at the Dearborn Heights hookah bar and fled. The defendant was placed in custody by the Detroit Police Department on August 9, 2022. The specific facts and evidence in the case will be presented in court at the preliminary examination.

Avion Sanders has been charged with one count of First-Degree Murder, one count of Felony Murder, one count of Larceny, one count of Felon in Possession, and three counts of Felony Firearm. *

He was arraigned and remanded to jail this morning in 36th District Court. The Probable Cause Conference is scheduled for August 26, 2022, at 8:30 a.m., and the Preliminary Examination is scheduled for September 2, 2022, at 1:30 p.m., before Judge Kenneth King. Please request a photograph of the defendant from the Detroit Police Department.

"We try to never rush to judgment on cases because the facts are sometimes not as they initially appear or as reported. After thoroughly reviewing the DPD investigation and the timeline of events, we believe that we can prove this case beyond a reasonable doubt in court," said Prosecutor Kym Worthy.

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