September 7, 2000 |
In a case that heightened racial tensions, a judge threw out manslaughter charges Wednesday against a store security guard accused of fatally choking a black man after an alleged shoplifting. The judge said the victim may have died of a heart problem, rather than asphyxiation. Dennis Richardson, 29, a guard for Lord & Taylor, was charged with choking Frederick Finley, 32, on June 22 after Richardson and other guards confronted him in the parking lot.
July 22, 2000 |
A former Navy sailor suspected of going from port to port killing women was ordered Friday to stand trial in the first of five prostitute-murder cases against him in the Detroit area. John Eric Armstrong, 26, told police he was "guilty, sorry and angry" for strangling Wendy Jordan on Jan. 2, according to a confession that was read Friday in Dearborn Heights District Court.
July 21, 2000 |
Three teenagers were sentenced to life in prison for the beating death of a homeless man who had cheated them out of less than $1 after buying them beer. Mark A. Gonzalez, 16, Ryan A. Kendrick, 17, and Michael D. Worden, 16, were convicted of murdering 34-year-old Mark Harris in 1999 with boards, sticks and bricks. Harris lived in a debris-filled trailer behind a doughnut shop. A fourth teenager pleaded guilty to murder and is awaiting sentencing.
July 15, 2000 |
Police will not press shoplifting charges against the three companions of a black man whose death outside a shopping center sparked protests. Chief Ron Deziel said Friday that the decision was made despite store surveillance videotapes that he said pointed to shoplifting by the man's common-law wife and two children. "Because this case has received so much publicity . . . I think we would be severely criticized if we brought charges," Deziel said.
July 7, 2000 |
A private security guard was charged Thursday with involuntary manslaughter in last month's suffocation death of a black man who was put in a hold outside a department store. The charge against Dennis Richardson, a 29-year-old guard for the Lord & Taylor store at a mall in Dearborn, came a day after thousands of protesters rallied outside the store. They suggested the death June 22 of Frederick Finley had racial overtones, though Richardson also is black.
June 27, 2000 |
An attorney charged with killing his pregnant wife didn't love her, professing his love instead to a judge with whom he was having an affair, a prosecutor said in his closing arguments. Fletcher, 30, is charged with first-degree murder in Leann Fletcher's Aug. 16 shooting death. He faces life in prison without parole if convicted.