Police: Man arrested for Jan 29th killing in Ypsilanti Township

Avantis Dominique Parker, 21, charged with murder of Brandon Charles

Published On: Feb 06 2013 02:53:30 PM EST   Updated On: Feb 06 2013 04:15:40 PM EST
Avantis Dominique Parker
YPSILANTI, Mich. -

Police arrested a Northville man who is accused of killing a 28-year-old man from Ypsilanti Township.

Avantis Dominique Parker, age 21, is charged with the killing of Brandon Wesley Charles.

Parker was arraigned Wednesday on charges of open murder, felony firearm, possession of firearm and carrying a concealed weapon.

He was denied bond and is currently lodged at the Washtenaw County Jail to await trial.

Parker is accused of shooting Charles to death while the victim sat in a parked car on the 600 block of Calder Avenue.

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The victim was visiting a friend's home around 10 p.m. on January 29th.

He was scheduled to testify in the preliminary exam for 30-year-old Willie Lee Wimberly of Trenton and 33-year-old Steve Deshaun Smith-Rush of Inkster.

Wimberly and Smith-Rush face charges in connection with a road rage shooting that also involved Charles.

Willie Lee Wimberly (left) and 33-year-old Steve Deshaun Smith-Rush (right)

--30-year-old Willie Lee Wimberly (left) and 33-year-old Steve Deshaun Smith-Rush (right)

About the road rage incident

The shooting took place on westbound I94 near Junction in the City of Detroit at approximately 3:10 a.m. Jan. 31.

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.

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It is not yet known if the murder of Charles was connected to the road rage incident, or if his death was linked to the testimony against Wimberly and Smith-Rush.