Photo: Wayne County Prosecutor's Office

Detroit Man Charged With Fatal Beating, Car Theft In November

Andre Cockerham is facing a first degree murder charge.

June 19, 2019 - 6:08 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) -- A Detroit man is facing first degree murder charges for the beating death of another Detroit man last fall.

The Wayne County Prosecutor's allleges that 24-year-old Andre Lamont Cockerham killed 44-year-old Andre Buford in November.

Detroit police officers were called to the 16900 block of Carlisle Street, near 8 Mile and Kelly Roads on the city's east side, on Nov. 3 and found Buford's lifeless body inside a home. Buford's body was reportedly discovered by family members who went to check on him after not hearing from him in several days. The medical examiner said Buford died of blunt force trauma to the head.

The prosecutor's office says Cockerham beat Buford to death before robbing him and stealing his car. Cockerham is charged with first degree murder, felony murder, armed robbery and unlawful driving away of an automobile.

Cockerham was reportedly sentenced to probation the day before Buford's body was found. He had been released from the Wayne County Jail just weeks earlier after pleading guilty to charges of brandishing a firearm in public.

Cockerham was arraigned for Buford's murder and remanded to jail Wednesday morning before 36th District Court Magistrate Millicent Sherman. His next scheduled court date is July 3.