Roseville man charged with murder in shooting of Davontae Sanford's stepfather

Police say Floyd Darnell Nix fatally shot Jermaine Tilmon

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DETROIT – A 35-year-old Roseville man is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the fatal shooting of Jermaine Tilmon, the stepfather of Davontae Sanford.

Floyd Darnell Nix is also charged with felony firearm and felon in possession of a firearm. He is expected to be arraigned Friday after 2:30 p.m.

Police said Nix shot Tilmon, 39, at 2:30 a.m. Thursday in the head and groin outside of Tilmon's friend's house in the 3600 block of Chatsworth. Police said Nix shot Tilmon while he was unarmed and holding both of his hands in the air.

Tilmon was known as a cease-fire activist in Detroit, police said.

The shooting was reported around 4:15 a.m.

Sanford was released from prison in June after being wrongly convicted and serving eight years for the murder of four people at a drug den in on Runyon Street in Detroit. He was 14 years old at the time of the so-called "Runyon Street killings," and pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. A judge sentenced him to a minimum of 39 years in prison.

Shortly after he went to prison, Sanford's case came under review when a professional hit man confessed to the Runynon Street murders. Lawyers took up Sanford's case and eventually secured his release.