Man to be charged with murder in 2013 birthday party shooting

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KENT COUNTY, Mich. — A 19-year-old is facing a murder charge in connection with a March 2013 birthday party shooting.

According to Grand Rapids Police, Jamal Devonta Bennett is currently serving a sentence for perjury in connection with this shooting, but will now be arraigned on open murder and felony firearms charges.

Bennett is accused of fatally shooting 32-year-old Derecko Martin March 16, 2013 at a birthday party in the 3200 block of Marshall Ave. SE.

Another person was injured in that shooting but has since recovered, according to a press release.

Police say several other associates of Bennett have been charged with perjury in connection with the shooting.

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1 Comment

  • Genessa Starbourne

    So… what is Ferguson complaining about?

    When you establish a norm in an age\race category the only people that can change the view are the very people perpetrating the stereotype.

    Stop commiting so many violent crimes and attitudes can change.

    Stop blaming everyone else for your actions. Make responsible choices.