A key court hearing has been scheduled for two men charged with attempted murder in what police say was a plot to have a pregnant woman killed because one of the men didn't want another child.
Jamal Rogers and Antonio Mathis were supposed to appear Thursday in Warren District Court for a preliminary examination, but it was rescheduled for Aug. 25.
They're accused in last month's attack on Latonya Bowman, who was abducted, bound, set on fire and shot.
Police say she survived by rolling on the ground to extinguish the flames and feigning death. They say Rogers was her former boyfriend and wanted Bowman dead because he didn't want another child.
Bowman is expected to recover. She gave birth to a boy days after the attack.
Plan was to kidnap, kill pregnant woman
Bowman was nine months pregnant when she met with her ex-boyfriend and the baby's father, Rogers, at a home in Warren on Sherman Street on May 26.
Police said the two were in the garage when another man put a gun to Bowman's head, blindfolded her and bound her hands and feet with duct tape.
She was then driven in her own SUV to a vacant house in Detroit, doused in lighter fluid and set on fire.
Police said as Bowman tried to roll on the ground to put out the flames, she was shot in the shoulder.
As she lay burning and wounded, she played dead until her two attackers fled, police said.
She then drove herself to a gas station, then her mother’s house before she was taken to a hospital.
"This is one of the most disturbing, maniacal, difficult-to-wrap-your-head-around crimes we've had in our city," said Deputy Warren Police Chief Louis Galasso.
Gas station worker: 'She was burned up'
Mohamed Zokari works at the Shell gas station at Six Mile and I-75, where Bowman went for help. He said his co-worker was the one who gave Bowman a T-shirt when she walked into the station nearly naked from the burns.
"Everything was bad, she was burned up," Zokari said. "She was in a bad situation and he just looked out for her, gave her a T-shirt."