A mother and her 15-year-old son were charged with murder today after prosecutors say the teen shot a bystander at a Detroit recreation center Thursday with a gun he got from his mother.
“I’ve seen situations like this before, but not quite this blatant,” Prosecutor Kym Worthy said today, announcing the charges against Tarranisha Davis, 35, and her son, Tremaine Davis, 15, both of Detroit. “I don’t know how we can expect our youth to stay out of violent crime if we have their parents assisting them in that endeavor.”
Investigators say Tremaine Davis was involved in an argument earlier Thursday at the Considine Little Rock Family Center at 8904 Woodward Ave. Terranisha Davis, who had been at a gas station across the street, drove over to the center and popped the latch on the hood of her van so Tremaine Davis could retrieve a gun hidden inside, Worthy said.
Standing silently in 36th District Court at his arraignment this afternoon, Tremaine Davis was remanded to custody without bail pending a hearing Nov. 6.
“The evidence in this case will show you cannot unlatch the hood unless it is unlatched from the inside" of the van, Worthy said.
The teen then sent four bullets from the .32 revolver flying outside the center at 3:40 p.m. Dmitri Jackson, 19, an innocent bystander there to play basketball, died from a shot to the head.
After the shooting, Tarranisha Davis drove her son from the scene, but both were arrested several blocks away by Detroit police. The weapon has been recovered.
Each has been charged with first-degree murder and faces life in prison without parole. Tarranisha Davis’ arraignment did not take place as previously scheduled at 5 p.m. today in 36th District Court.
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Arlene Jones' Biography
I was born in Chicago. I grew up in Cabrini Green. I attended Wells Sr High, the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle where I majored in Spanish and minored in Education. I have a diploma in Computer Programming.
I moved to Austin when I purchased a home here. I have two children.
I have been active in the community since moving here. I started with my blockclub. In the early 1990s, I worked with several people to try and form the North Austin Homeowners Association. I even went on patrol with a group of people who had a walkie talkie car patrol of the neighborhood.
As with most programs in the AA community, many factors led to the demise of those groups. Lack of support from elected officials was at the top of the list.
There were several people who had a group and we met out of DaVinci Manor. DaVinci Manor was at the corner of North Ave and Central where Walgreen now stands. Again there was very little interest in saving that building and our community lost a beautiful hall.
I have protested the state of the Central Ave bridge. I worked with Leola Spann and did many a smoke out including one in the 1500 block of North Lorel where drug paraphenalia layed on the ground. I have over the years here in Austin worked with the following groups at one point or another:
Northeast Austin Organization (Mary Volpe, Tom Hosea);
Northwest Austin Council;
Brotherhood of Black Men;
Westside Health Authority;
Every Block A Village;
25th District Housing Committee;
African American Employees at the Merchandise Mart (AAEMM);
Lafollette Park Advisory Council;
Garfield Park Conservatory Advisory Council;
Westside Executive Advisory Council;
Austin Landmark Cultural Center;
Concerned Citizens of East Garfield Park
and so many others that it gets hard to remember.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing. -- Malcolm X