Deangelo Martin

Deangelo Martin (Booking photo)

Man Suspected In Detroit Serial Killings Faces Key Hearing In July

June 21, 2019 - 7:18 am

DETROIT (WWJ/AP) - A Detroit man who police say is suspected in the deaths of three women will return to court next month for a key hearing on sexual assault charges in a separate case.

Thirty-four-year-old Deangelo Martin had a brief hearing Thursday in Detroit, where he faces four counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and a single count of assault with intent to murder in connection with an attack on a 26-year-old woman on May 7. He remains jailed on those charges and is due in court July 16 for a hearing on whether the case will go to trial.

Defense lawyer Wyatt Harris told the Detroit News that Martin is "in good health, and his demeanor is good."

Martin hasn't been charged with the killings, but Detroit Police Chief James Craig has said he sees similarities between the three slayings and assaults of at least two women. Bodies were found in vacant houses and investigators are looking at more cases. Craig said it seems a single suspect has been targeting prostitutes, luring them into abandoned dwellings and killing them.

The first victim, identified as 52-year old Nancy Harrison, was found March 19 in an abandoned house on Coventry near I-75. A second woman, identified as 53-year old Travesene Ellis, was found in a home on Linnhurst near Schoenherr Road. A third woman in her 50s was found dead June 5 on Mack near Mt. Elliot. 

The 26-year-old in the May 7 case, as well as an additional victim, the chief said, survived attacks. 

Anyone with information about this case should call Detroit Police Homicide at 313-596-2260 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at 1-800-SPEAK-UP (1-800-773-2587).