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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Virgil Smith - On July 26, 2018, the Michigan Supreme Court remanded Smith's case back to the trial court holding that the court must allow the prosecution to withdraw the plea agreement because the court struck a provision of the agreement. Today the Post Conviction Status Conference was adjourned until October 4, 2018, because attorney David Steingold has been retained by Smith. The next date in court is October 4, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. before Judge Lawrence Talon.

Javonte Walker - Defendant charged with shooting at Detroit police officers during a traffic stop on Hampshire Street in Detroit. Today Walker entered a guilty plea to two counts of Assault with Intent to Murder with a sentence agreement of 15 to 30 years and one count of Felony Firearm with a sentence two years consecutive. Walker will be sentenced on October 4, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. before Judge Ulysses Boykin.

Detroit Man Charged in Hit and Run Incident

Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Corie Williams, 29 (DOB: 04/06/1989), of Detroit, in connection with a hit and run incident. On September 8, 2018, at 3:30 p.m. in the 1110 block of Phillip it is alleged that the defendant was observed by the police driving at a high rate of speed.

When officers in a marked scout car attempted to conduct a traffic stop, the defendant fled the scene at a high rate of speed, striking several parked cars causing damage. Investigation by the Detroit Police Department, assisted by the Grosse Pointe police, led to the arrest of the defendant later on the same day.

Williams has been charged with: Fleeing and Eluding - Third Degree; two counts of Resisting and Obstructing Police; Reckless Driving; and Failure to Stop After an Accident*. He was arraigned at 2:30 p.m. this afternoon before 36th District Court Magistrate Millicent Sherman. The Probable Cause Conference is scheduled for September 19, 2018 at 8:30 a.m.; the Preliminary Examination is scheduled for September 25, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. Both hearings are before Judge Lydia Nance Adams in 36th District Court. The defendant received a $25,000/10% bond.

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

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Detroit Man Charged in Family Dollar Robbery

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Maurice Donquial Thompson-Moore, 26 (DOB: 07/10/1992), of Detroit, in connection with the Family Dollar Store armed robbery of three women and the non-fatal shooting of a 27-year-old Detroit security guard, who was on duty at the time.

On the evening of September 10, 2018, at a Family Dollar Store located in the 18200 block of Schoolcraft Road, it is alleged that the defendant and another male suspect were armed with hand guns when they demanded that an 18-year-old Detroit woman working at the store open the cash register. When informed by the woman that only a manager could open the register, the manager, a 50-year-old Lincoln Park woman, was located, and ordered to open the register to obtain money for the two robbers. It is alleged that the defendant also took a wallet at gun point from a 25-year-old Detroit woman. When the security guard emerged from the rear of the store, he fatally wounded the male robbery suspect. It is alleged that the defendant exited a side door, encountered the security guard, wounded him, and fled from the scene.

At 7:49 p.m. on the same day, Detroit police officers were dispatched to the Family Dollar Store in response to the shooting. Upon arrival, the officers found the wounded security guard in the bathroom. The officers also found the lifeless body of the other male robber. Medics arrived at the scene and pronounced him dead. The security guard was transported to a local hospital and was treated for his wound. Thompson-Moore was later identified and arrested by the police.

Thompson-Moore has been charged with one count of Assault with Intent to Murder, three counts of Armed Robbery, one count of Carrying a Dangerous Weapon with Unlawful Intent, one count of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and four counts of Felony Firearm.* He was arraigned today this morning before 36th District Court Magistrate Dawn M. White. The Probable Cause Conference is scheduled for September 20, 2018 at 8:30 a.m.; the Preliminary Examination is scheduled for September 26, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. Both hearings are before Judge Deborah Lewis Langston in 36th District Court. The defendant received a $500,000 cash/surety bond.

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

Mario Willis - Willis was found guilty of Second-Degree Murder and Arson of a Dwelling for his role in arranging an arson of his girlfriend's house which resulted in the death of Detroit firefighter Walter Harris. This case has an extensive appellate history involving Judge Michael Callahan's decision to sentence the applicable guidelines range and sentence defendant to a term of 500 to 750 months in prison. The Court of Appeals ultimately ordered resentencing because the lower court failed to adequately state why its sentence of 500 to 750 months was proportionate.

Today, Judge Van Houten sentenced defendant to a term of 450 to 700 months imprisonment.

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