Man charged in murder of Detroit Marine 'Chef Doug' and human trafficking of 17-year-old girl

Prosecutor says man shot Chef Doug to death during argument

Douglas "Chef Doug" Calhoun

DETROIT – A 26-year-old man is charged in connection to the murder of 39-year-old Douglas "Chef Doug" Calhoun. 

Travun Eugen-Jani Baskerville, of Detroit, is accused of killing Calhoun June 1 when they got into an argument at Baskerville's home in the 14600 block of Burgess.

The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office said Baskerville had been engaged in the human trafficking of a 17-year-old girl. That girl called Calhoun on June 1 and arranged to meet him at Baskerville's home. Calhoun went to the home, got into an argument with Baskerville and was killed, the Prosecutor's Office said. 

Baskerville fatally shot Calhoun and took his body to a vacant home, according to the prosecutor. His body was found July 7 at a vacant house on Greydale Avenue. The medical examiner determined he died from multiple gunshot wounds. 

Baskerville faces the following charges: 

  • First degree murder
  • Human trafficking enterprise involving death
  • Human trafficking of a minor for commercial sexual activity
  • Child sexually abusive activity
  • Possession of child sexually abusive material
  • Possession of a firearm by a felon, and felony firearm.

Baskerville is expected to be arraigned on the charges Friday in 36th District Court. 

Body found in barrel

Calhoun's body was found July 7 stuffed in a barrel at a vacant home on Greydale Avenue in Detroit. The former U.S. Marine had been missing since the morning of June 1. He returned to his home about 3:30 a.m. that morning in the 3500 block of West Outer Drive in Detroit after a night out with his friends. He let them know by phone that he had made it home safely.

However, that was the last time anyone heard from Calhoun. His vehicle later was found near Fenkell Avenue and Evergreen Road on Detroit's west side.

Calhoun a no-show at 2 jobs

Calhoun also failed to show up for either of his two jobs after he went missing. "Chef Doug" is how friends and customers know the personal chef and caterer. He didn't show up for a job June 2 and didn't make a flight to a big event in St. Louis that weekend.

"What I'm feeling, I can't describe it," said Eric Phillips, Calhoun's brother-in-law.

Calhoun is 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighs 230 pounds. Eric Phillips said if there was trouble Calhoun would have been able to handle himself. He said it's the unknowns of the situation that made it hard for Calhoun's family to cope with his disappearance.

$6,000 reward offered

Crime Stoppers was offering a $6,000 reward to anyone with information that helped locate Calhoun.

"Regardless of the money, if you know something somebody should say something and bring this man home to his family," Calhoun's sister, Dayna Phillips, said.

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