A Detroit man who was convicted of killing two gay men and a transgender woman at a party last year was sentenced on Tuesday to three terms of life in prison without parole.
Prosecutors said the man, Devon Robinson, 19, had received oral sex from multiple people at the party, and feared his family and neighbors would find out. He left the party on May 25, 2019, on Detroit’s East Side, and returned about an hour later, wearing a ski mask and holding a handgun, prosecutors said.
Mr. Robinson opened fire immediately upon entering the house, killing Alunte Davis, 21, and Timothy Blancher, 20, who were gay, and Paris Cameron, 20, a transgender woman, the authorities said. Two other people were wounded.
Last February, prosecutor Jaimie Powell-Horowitz stood in a small Detroit courtroom and admonished the defence lawyer over his treatment of her witness.
It was the preliminary hearing of Albert Weathers, a Michigan pastor accused of murdering a transgender female sex worker named Kelly Stough. Powell-Horowitz suggested attorney David Cripps had crossed a line by asking Kyra Butts, a trans woman and friend of the victim, to list all of the names she goes by.
Anthony Thornton, 46, of Port Huron, was convicted Friday of two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of unlawful imprisonment, according to a news release from the Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.
The cases were prosecuted by Special Prosecutor Jaimie Powell Horowitz of the Fair Michigan Justice Project, which is collaboration between the Prosecutor’s Office and Fair Michigan Foundation, Inc.
Wayne County may have national model for prosecuting crimes against LGBTQ community
By Stateside Staff
September 20, 2017
The Fair Michigan Justice Project (FMJP), a collaboration between the LGBTQ advocacy group Fair Michigan and the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office, began a little over a year ago, in July 2016.
It marks an important new approach to pursuing hate crimes committed against people who are LGBTQ. And it's especially noteworthy today, as this week the Michigan Civil Rights Commission declined a request to add protections for LGBTQ people to the Elliott Larsen Civil Rights Act, a law designed to prohibit discrimination in our state.
Kym Worthy, the prosecutor of Wayne County, Michigan, charged 24-year-old Jimmy Jermaine Pickett with first-degree felony murder after world-renowned hairdresser Bashar Kallabat was found beaten to death in his hotel room, reports The Oakland Press.
If convicted, Pickett will be in prison for life without parole.
Killing of girl, 2, in Inkster revenge, prosecutor says
The Detroit News
February 19, 2015
Detroit — The fatal shooting of 2-year-old KaMiya Gross in Inkster last summer was an act of revenge exacted against her father in retaliation for a shooting three months earlier involving one of the defendants charged in the case, said the prosecutor handling the case.
On trial are Raymone Jackson and Raphael Hearn. Authorities have said Jackson did the shooting and Hearn aided him in the crime at a public housing complex on Carlyle Street.