DETROIT — A man has been charged with first-degree murder, assault with intent to murder and assault with intent to rob while armed and felony firearm possession in the shooting of two gay men, one of whom died.
The Detroit News reported that Demetris Nelson, 26, was charged on Friday. He faces life if convicted.
From The Detroit News:
A magistrate ordered him held without bail and scheduled a probable cause hearing for July 26 and a preliminary examination into the case for Aug. 2.
Police say Nelson shot and killed Brian Anderson, 31, and shot and critically wounded Malcom Drake, 26, both of Detroit, last Saturday during an attempted robbery.
Prosecutors allege he shot them because they are gay and used a social networking app to locate the two victims.
“The allegations are that social media contacts were used to target, contact, rob, fatally shoot one gay man, and seriously wound another gay man,” Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said in a statement. “To some this will be just another hateful and violent act in America. They will read about this case and continue to go about their day. To me, that is quite tragic.”
The newspaper reported that the Fair Michigan Justice Project, a program that helps Michigan law enforcement officers and prosecutors solve serious crimes against LGBTQ people, helped with the investigation.