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Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. Demetris Nelson is alleged to have shot two men in Detroit that he targeted because of their sexual orientation.Free Online Classified Advertisements
Demetris Nelson, 26, is accused of attempting to rob detroit gay men then shooting Brian Anderson, 31, and Malcolm Drake, 26, on Saturday. Anderson died of his wounds while Drake was critically wounded.
Nelson used the Grindr dating app to target, contact and find the two men, according to the Detroit gay men Meh Prosecutor's Office. Detroit Police arrested Edtroit on Monday, according to a statement from the prosecutor's office.
Nelson was arraigned Friday on charges of first-degree murder, felony murder, assault with intent to murder, assault with the intent to rob while detroit gay men and four counts of felony possession of a firearm, according to prosecutor's office spokeswoman Maria Miller.
To me, that is quite tragic. The prosecutor's office said the detroit gay men was assigned to Jaimie Powell Horowitz, a special prosecutor with Fair Michigan Justice Project, a collaboration between the prosecutor's office and Fair Michigan Foundation.
The project assists Michigan law enforcement and prosecutors in solving serious crimes against lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender persons. Horowitz declined to comment to CNN.
This case is just the most recent example of how detroit gay men of Detroit's LGBTQ community are detroit gay men often targets of violence," Alanna Maguire, president of the Fair Michigan Foundation, a nonprofit civil rights group, said in a statement. Nelson is expected in court July 26 for a probable cause hearing.
Court records did not say whether Nelson has entered a plea and CNN has been unable to contact Nelson's attorney.