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4 men charged in Westland woman's murder

46-year-old Diedra Akins' body found dumped in Dearborn Heights field

From left: Michael Bashlor, Randy Batts, Joshua Hurston-Herron and Terrence Johnson
From left: Michael Bashlor, Randy Batts, Joshua Hurston-Herron and Terrence Johnson

WESTLAND, Mich. – Four men, including the victim's boyfriend, face charges in the murder of a 46-year-old Westland woman whose body was found Monday dumped in a field in Dearborn Heights.

Diedra Akins' 44-year-old boyfriend, Terrence Johnson, is charged with first degree murder in her death.

Westland police say 34-year-old Michael Bashlor, who is charged with accessory after the fact, turned himself in Monday, which led to the arrests of the three other men. Randy Batts, 30, is charged with first and second degree murder while 23-year-old Johsua Hurston-Herron is charged with accessory after the fact.

All four men were arraigned Wednesday in the 18th District Court in Westland. A not guilty plea was entered on their behalf.

Akins' body was found near Powers Avenue and Glenis Street in Dearborn Heights. Westland police say Bashlor told them she was killed in Westland and her body was dumped in Dearborn Heights.

"The area that the body was left in is an area where you can obviously see there are no homes right across the street and on the other side of the street there is a dark backyard. So the spot was probably picked, maybe in haste, but the spot was picked," said Lt. James Serwatowski, Dearborn Heights police.

Akins did not have any clothes on. She had a sheet and a portion of a night gown covering her face. Investigators say she had been severely beaten. However, a cause of death has not yet been released.


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