First person charged in murder of Detroit teenager

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Deontae Mitchell

Worthy charged Earnest Coleman, 26, of Detroit with kidnapping Mitchell. According to Detroit Police, it is alleged that on May 31, 2016 at approximately 11:15 p.m. Coleman kidnapped Mitchell with others at a party store in the 15900 block of East Warren.

Mitchell’s body was found Thursday morning in a field near Harper and Van Dyke. The Wayne County Medical Examiner has not released a cause of death but did say that there were no gunshot wounds to Mitchell’s body.

Coleman will be arraigned on Sunday at the 34th District Court in Romulus.

Worthy released a statement Saturday along with the charge.

“The alleged facts in this case explicitly show that the lives of some of Detroit’s children continue to be less important than everything else‎ – in this case a few dollars dropped from a pocket. May we all reexamine the worth of our children and we in the criminal justice system will handle the senseless murder of Deontae.”

Coleman is one of 4 suspects who face possible charges in the incident.
A GoFundMe account has been set up to assist the family with funeral expenses. If you’d like to place a donation click here.

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