News About Jaimie

Murdered for Being Transgender: 'Loving Spirit' Was Killed After Sexual Encounter with Man

People Magazine

By Wendy Grossman Kantor 

August 21, 2020 

Paris Cameron loved cooking soul food, voguing and watching RuPaul’s Drag Race.

"Paris was a fireball,” says the 20-year-old's friend, Sunshine Johnson. “She was a loving spirit. She tried to help everybody”

On May 25, 2019, Paris met 19-year-old Devon Kareem Robinson at a Detroit gas station. She flirted with him and invited him to come to a nearby party.

Life Without Parole for Detroit Man Who Killed 2 Gay Men and a Transgender Woman

NY Times

By Michael Levenson

July 1, 2020

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.

Judge: Toddler's killers committed 'heinous' crimes

Detroit Free Press

By Elisha Anderson

March 24, 2015

The parents of a 2-year-old girl fatally shot in Inkster delivered messages to the two men convicted in KaMiya Gross' death during their sentencing Tuesday.

Raymone Jackson, the gunman, and Rapheal Hearn were sentenced, one at a time, to mandatory life in prison for first-degree murder.

Michigan doesn't have LGBTQ hate crime laws. This advocacy group hopes to change that — 1 court case at a time

CBC News

Mark GollomErin Byrnes

May 26, 2019

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.

Equality For All

The Jewish News

By Jackie Headapohl

January 18, 2017

The mother of a teenage girl beat and kicked her daughter while shouting anti-gay slurs after finding a love letter she had exchanged with another girl. 

A man pulled a gun on a 23-year-old Detroit man while yelling homophobic insults and recorded the incident with his cell phone camera, which he later posted on his Twitter feed.

Port Huron man convicted of two rapes in Detroit

Times Herald

June 3, 2017

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

Michigan Radio

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.

Two men in Detroit were shot for being gay, prosecutors say

CNN

By Monica Haider

July 12, 2019

The parents of a 2-year-old girl fatally shot in Inkster delivered messages to the two men convicted in KaMiya Gross' death during their sentencing Tuesday.

Raymone Jackson, the gunman, and Rapheal Hearn were sentenced, one at a time, to mandatory life in prison for first-degree murder.

Man Charged With Beating Death of Famous Hairstylist

Instinct Magazine

By Steve Hinkle

February 17, 2020

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

Oralandar Brand-Williams

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.

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