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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Downriver Defendants Charged in Animal Abuse Case

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged David Scott McMurtrie, 42 (DOB: 11/13/1976), Kayli Lynn Sparks - also known as Robinson, 29 (DOB: 02/17/1989), both of River Rouge, and David Squire Bowling, 30 (DOB: 12/30/1998), of Ecorse, in connection with recovery of 17 emaciated and neglected dogs from a truck in Ecorse, MI.

On May 1, 2018 Ecorse police officers were dispatched to a residence in the 4300 block of Sixth Street to investigate complaints about dogs inside a truck. Upon arrival, the officers found 17 emaciated and sick dogs in the back of a rental box truck in separate stacked cages, in filth and extreme heat. The dogs were transported to an animal shelter for care and treatment. It is alleged that at least three of the dogs had been stolen from another rescue shelter. More specific information will be presented in court at the Preliminary Examination.

Defendant McMurtrie is charged with:

  1. Animals - Abandoning/Cruelty to 10 or More Animals;
  2. Animals - Abandoning/Cruelty to Four to Ten Animals;
  3. Three counts of Receiving and Concealing Stolen Property - $200 < $1,000.*
  4. Felon in Possession - Firearm;
  5. Felon in Possession of Ammunition;
  6. Felony Firearm

McMurtrie was arraigned this afternoon in 25th District Court. The Probable Cause Conference is scheduled for March 5, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.; the Preliminary Examination is on March 12, 2019, both hearings before Judge Zelenak. McMurtrie has been given a $50,000 cash bond with a GPS tether if released on bond. He is to have no contact with witnesses or animals, and cannot leave the state.

Defendant Sparks is charged with:

  1. Animals - Abandoning/Cruelty to 10 or More Animals;
  2. Animals - Abandoning/Cruelty to Four to Ten Animals;
  3. Three counts of Receiving and Concealing Stolen Property - $200 - $1,000.*

Sparks was arraigned this morning in 25th District Court. The Probable Cause Conference is scheduled for March 5, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.: the Preliminary Examination is on March 12, 2019, both before Judge Zelenak. Sparks received a $25,000/10% bond with a GPS tether if released on bond. She is to have no contact with witnesses or animals, and cannot leave the state.

Defendant Bowling is charged with:

  1. Animals - Abandoning/Cruelty to 10 or More Animals
  2. Animals - Abandoning/Cruelty to Four to Ten Animals.*

Bowling was arraigned this afternoon in 25th District Court. The Probable Cause Conference is scheduled for March 5, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.; the Preliminary Examination is on March 12, 2019, both before Judge Zelenak. Bowling has been given a $25,000/10% bond with a GPS tether if released on bond. He is to have no contact with witnesses or animals, and cannot leave the state.

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

Friday, February 22, 2019

Mateen Cleaves - Defendant charged in connection with an alleged sexual assault of a Mount Morris, MI woman. The Court has adjourned the hearing date scheduled for today at the request of the defense, and over the objection of the prosecution. The next court date is scheduled for March 8, 2019 before Judge Celeste Bell.

Off-Duty Detroit Police Officer Charged in
Non-Fatal Shooting Incident at Wedding Reception

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged off-duty Detroit Police Officer Diamond Greenwood, 26, (DOB: 09/21/1992), and her brother Terry Dawayne Catchings, 24, (DOB:08/03/1994), of Detroit, in connection with a non-fatal shooting incident that occurred during a wedding reception.

On October 27, 2018 at approximately 8:00 p.m., Detroit Police officers were dispatched to a shooting in progress in the 6300 block of Stearns Street in Detroit. Upon arrival, the officers entered a well-attended wedding reception and discovered evidence of a fight scene in the reception area as well as a shooting scene near the rear of the location.

It is alleged that Defendant Greenwood was intoxicated and armed with her department-issue weapon at the reception. It is alleged that an argument occurred between several people that escalated into physical altercations among multiple attendees of the reception. Defendant Greenwood pulled her department-issued weapon and pointed her weapon at a 29-year-old Detroit man and several people before exiting the location. It is alleged that at some point Catchings had Greenwood's weapon and fired it in while inside the building. No one was injured when the weapon was discharged. It is alleged that Greenwood left the building. Responding Detroit Police officers found the defendant in her vehicle in the parking lot. She was arrested at the scene and conveyed to the Detroit Detention Center. Further investigation by the police led to the identification and charging of Catchings.

Defendant Greenwood has been charged with two counts of Felonious Assault, Aggravated Assault, Obstruction of Justice, Firearms - Brandishing Weapon in Public, Public Officer - Wilful Neglect of Duty, Firearms - Possession Under the Influence, Operating While Intoxicated and three counts of Felony Firearm.*

Defendant Catchings has been charged with Weapons - Firearm - Discharge In or At a Building, Firearms - Felon in Possession, and two counts of Felony Firearm.*

Greenwood and Catchings were arraigned this afternoon before 36th District Court Magistrate Bari Blake Wood. The Probable Cause Conferences are scheduled for March 7, 2019 at 8:30 a.m.; the Preliminary Examinations are scheduled for March 14, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. Both hearings are before Judge Cylenthia Miller in 36th District Court. Greenwood received a $5,000/10% bond. Catchings received a $15,000/10% bond. After the arraignment, please request photographs of the defendants from the Detroit Police Department.

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

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