Southfield Woman Charged With Murder Of Pregnant U-M Dearborn Student

WWJ News
November 21, 2019 - 3:34 pm

KaBria Arnold (photo: GoFundMe)


SOUTHFIELD (WWJ) - A Southfield woman has been charged with first degree, premeditated murder in the shooting death of a University of Michigan Dearborn student-athlete

KaBria Arnold, 20, was shot multiple times around 11:40 p.m. on Nov. 10, according to investigators, after leaving work at Meijer at Grand River Ave. and McNichols in Detroit. Her body was found on the ground a few blocks away, at Pilgrim and Bentler Streets.

Arnold (pictured above) was pregnant, according to Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, who Thursday announced the case against the alleged shooter: 24-year-old Gabrielle Marie Brantley.

Gabrielle Marie Brantley
Gabrielle Marie Brantley (Booking photo)
Brantley has been charged with one count of first degree murder, one count of assault on a pregnant woman - intentionally causing miscarriage/stillbirth, and two counts of using a firearm in commission of a felony. 

She was arraigned Thursday afternoon in 36th District Court and remanded to jail without bond. 

Arnold was a public health major who wanted to become a registered nurse and a pitcher on the U-M Dearborn softball team. She left behind her mother, father, three sisters and four nieces.

At the time Brantley was arrested on Monday, police a second suspect was also taken into custody. It's unclear if that person, a 28-year-old man, has been cleared of wrongdoing or may yet be charged in the case. 

As the investigation continues, a motive for this killing also remains unclear.

While Detroit Police Chief James Craig has said he believed the case involves "domestic issues," prosecutors are not releasing any additional information at this time. Worthy's office said that facts and evidence will revealed at the preliminary examination.