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Deangelo Martin Charged in Four East Side Murder Cases

Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Deangelo Kenneth Martin, 34 (DOB: 05/30/1985), of Detroit, in connection with four murders of women that occurred on the east side of Detroit.*

Murder on Winthrop Street of Annetta Nelson, 57, of Detroit

On February 26, 2018, at 4:25 p.m., a 43-year-old man went into a vacant house in the 11620 block of Winthrop and discovered the body of a woman lying face down on the floor with blood on her face. He carried the victim outside and flagged down the police. The police found a used condom inside the house. The victim's lifeless body was taken to the Wayne County Morgue and she was later identified as Annetta Nelson, 57, of Detroit. Her death was determined by the Wayne County Medical Examiner to be a homicide caused by blunt force trauma. Investigation by the Detroit Police Department led to the identification and arrest of the defendant.

Defendant Martin has been charged with First Degree Premeditated Murder and Felony Murder based upon the underlying felony of Criminal Sexual Conduct Third Degree.*

Murder on Coventry Street of Nancy Harrison, 52, of Detroit

On March 19, 2019, Detroit police officers responded to a police run for a dead person inside a vacant house in the 20070 block of Coventry. The body was discovered by a Detroit man who went inside the house to smoke marijuana. The officers observed a deceased female positioned face down, and a used condom was found near her body. The victim's lifeless body was taken to the Wayne County Morgue and she was later identified as Nancy Harrison, 52, of Detroit. Her death was determined by the Wayne County Medical Examiner to be a homicide caused by blunt force trauma. Investigation by the Detroit Police Department led to the identification and arrest of the defendant.

Defendant Martin has been charged with First Degree Premeditated Murder and Felony Murder based upon the underlying felony of Criminal Sexual Conduct Third Degree.*

Murder on Linnhurst Street of Trevesene Ellis, 55, of Detroit

On March 24, 2019 at 7:20 p.m., Detroit police officers responded to a police run for a dead person at a location of a vacant house in the 13700 block of Linnhurst. The officers discovered a deceased female positioned face down, and a used condom was found near her body. Medics called to the scene pronounced the victim deceased. She was later identified as Trevesene Willis, 55, of Detroit. Her cause and manner of death were undetermined due to advanced decomposition. Investigation by the Detroit Police Department led to the identification and arrest of the defendant.

Defendant Martin has been charged with First Degree Premeditated Murder and Felony Murder based upon the underlying felony of Criminal Sexual Conduct Third Degree.*

Murder on Mack Avenue of Tamara Jones, 55, of Detroit

On June 5, 2019 at 5:10 a.m., at a vacant house in the 3690 block of Mack Avenue, two Detroit police officers were flagged down by a 59-year-old Detroit man who discovered the decomposed body of Ms. Jones inside the house. The officers observed her to be face down with a used condom found near her body. The victim's lifeless body was taken to the Wayne County Morgue. Her cause of death and manner of death were undetermined due to advanced decomposition. Investigation by the Detroit Police Department led to the identification and arrest of the defendant.

Defendant Martin has been charged with First Degree Premeditated Murder and Felony Murder based upon the underlying felony of Criminal Sexual Conduct Third Degree.*

Prosecutor Worthy said, "We are confident that this defendant's alleged criminal and predatory actions link him to all four of these homicides, as well as the two sexual assault cases that we charged him with previously. The details will be presented in court, and we will continue to pursue any and all evidence that may connect him to further crimes."

Martin was arraigned this afternoon before 36th District Court Magistrate Laura Echartea. The Probable Cause Conference on all four cases is scheduled for October 2, 2019 at 8:30 a.m.; the Preliminary Examination on all four cases is scheduled for October 9, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. All hearings are before Judge Lynise Bryant in 36th District Court. The defendant remains in custody.

* Martin was charged on July 16 and July 23, 2019 in two Criminal Sexual Conduct cases. His calendar conferences will be heard on September 20, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. before Judge Regina Thomas.
**The charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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