Man charged with murder in slaying of I-94 shooting witness
Willie Wimberly charged with death of Brandon Charles, who was set to testify against him
A man has been charged in the fatal shooting of a 28-year-old who was scheduled to testify against him in a Detroit freeway shooting case.
The Washtenaw County sheriff's department says 30-year-old Willie Wimberly was arraigned Tuesday on charges including first-degree murder in the death of Brandon Charles, who was killed Jan. 29 in Ypsilanti Township, located west of Detroit.
Wimberly is due back in court Feb. 19.
Charles was found shot at the end of January inside a car parked in Ypsilanti Township.
--Charles was found dead in the 600 block of Calder Avenue.
Charles was one of two people wounded Jan. 1
The shooting took place on westbound I-94 near Junction in the City of Detroit at about 3 a.m. Jan. 1.
Police interviews revealed that Charles and his female passenger had left the MGM Casino in Detroit when they became involved in a traffic incident with another vehicle.
Charles and his passenger kept driving when they said they saw the suspect's vehicle following them on the Lodge freeway and then onto I-94. On I-94, near Junction, the suspect opened fire on the vehicle striking both Charles and the passenger several times. Charles was hurt; his passenger was shot nine times but did survive.
Charles had been scheduled to take the stand Jan. 30 in the preliminary examination of Wimberly and another man charged in the freeway shooting.
Other defendant also charged with Charles' death
Avantis Dominique Parker, age 21, is also charged with Charles' death. Parker is charged with open murder, felony firearm, possession of firearm and carrying a concealed weapon.