Southgate man suspected in Detroit triple homicide

Photo courtesy of the Michigan Department of Corrections Demario Devone Horne

Photo courtesy of the Michigan Department of Corrections
Demario Devone Horne

Sunday Times Newspapers

SOUTHGATE – While a family slept in their northwest Detroit house Saturday morning, a 23-year-old Southgate man armed with a gun allegedly ambushed them, killing three and wounding one.

Demaro Devone Horne was arraigned and charged Monday in 36th District Court with three counts of open murder, two counts of assault with intent to commit murder, first-degree home invasion, felony firearms and felon in possession of a firearm.

He is scheduled for a probable cause hearing on March 28 in 36th District Court and due back April 4 for a preliminary examination of the evidence against him.

Robert Pittman, 60; his daughter Michelle Davis-Asaka, 43; and Pittman’s grandson, Darrion Jones, 23, were shot to death. A 27-year-old man was wounded and taken to Detroit Receiving Hospital, but expected to recover, according to Detroit police. A 25-year-old woman also was in the house and unharmed.

Horne also was injured in the shooting. Police arrested him at an area hospital the day of the shootings.

Police said Horne went to the house in the 16600 block of Rutherford about 6 a.m. March 18 and began shooting.

He was released from prison in October 2016 after serving six years for assault with a dangerous weapon and felony firearms. He was originally charged with assault with intent to murder and domestic violence, but those two charges were dropped in exchange for his guilty plea to the other two charges.

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