Derrick Devon Durham

Derrick Devon Durham (Photo: Michigan State Police)

Man Charged With Murder In Shooting Of Child On Southfield Freeway

He was ordered held without bond

February 01, 2019 - 5:46 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - A Detroit man has been ordered held without bond on murder and other charges, accused in the killing of a toddler on the Southfield Freeway.

Derrick Devon Durham, 24,  was arraigned via video feed in the 36th District Court Friday afternoon on the following counts: open murder; firearms – discharge from vehicle causing death; firearms – possession by felon; felony firearm – three counts; and habitual offender third - offense. 

While riding in the back seat of his godmother's Dodge Journey along northbound M-39 around last Thursday evening, on his way to see "Sesame Street Live," 3-year-old Christian "CJ" Miller was struck by a bullet between the shoulder blades. He died in the hospital Friday. 

Photos: Detroit Police

Authorities released surveillance footage of a Mercedes sedan that pulled up alongside the victim's vehicle near Joy Rd., the driver firing a single shot, the suspect vehicle was recovered, and Durham -- urged by his family, according to investigators -- turned himself in to police. 

Investigators said the shooting stemmed from a "traffic related incident," but Miller's godmother said she did nothing wrong and did not engage with the other driver. It's unclear if the shooter knew there was a child in the car when he opened fire. 

Following his brief court appearance Friday, Durham was remanded to custody in the Wayne County Jail where he awaits a probably cause hearing, set for next Wednesday. A preliminary examination in the case is schedule for February 13.