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18-Year-Old Held Without Bond In Triple LGBTQ Killings

June 08, 2019 - 10:15 am

DETROIT (WWJ) - An 18-year-old man accused of shooting and killing three people because they were part of the LGBTQ community has been ordered to jail while awaiting trial. 

Devon Robinson was arraigned Friday on three counts of first-degree murder, two counts of assault with intent to murder and five counts of the use of a firearm in connection with a felony. Robinson pleaded not guilty and was remanded to jail without bond. 

Investigators say Robinson took the lives of 21-year-old Alunte Davis, 20-year-old Timothy Blancher and 20-year-old Paris Cameron over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Davis and Blancher were gay men and Cameron was a transgender woman, according to prosecutors. Robinson also allegedly shot two additional victims, who have both survived their injuries.

Police said the shooting happened around 5 a.m. on May 25 at a home in the 3400 block of Devonshire Road, near Mack Avenue just west of Outer Drive. 

Robinson was arrested June 5 after a Detroit police investigation. The case was assigned to Special Prosecutor Jaimie Powell Horowitz of the Fair Michigan Justice Project, which is a collaboration between the Prosecutor’s Office and Fair Michigan Foundation, Inc. FMJP is a program that assists Michigan law enforcement officers and prosecutors in solving serious crimes against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender persons.  

Fair Michigan President Alanna Maguire said the case "illustrates the mortal danger faced by members of Detroit's LGBTQ community."

Robinson is due back in court for a probable cause conference on June 21.