Hearing for 3 charged in murder of Detroit woman who testified in carjacking case

Starkisha Thompson gunned down in own driveway


DETROIT – Prosecutors played video and audio clips in court Tuesday while one of the three people accused of murder testified.

Starkisha Thompson, 33, was gunned down in her own driveway in October. The shooting came just days after she testified in court about a carjacking.

Video of the entire hearing is available above.

"I used to say she wasn't my daughter because she was so pretty," said her father after she was killed. "She didn't want to testify because these guys were violent. They carjacked her with a gun."

Jah-Lana Streeter, 23, of Detroit, Kenneth Dixon, 26, of Warren, and Corey Holmes, 39, of Detroit, have been charged in connection with Thompson's death.

Jah-Lana Streeter gave her testimony on Dec. 11 after a reduce sentence agreement was reached with prosecutors. According to the agreement Streeter could be sentenced to 11 to 25 years in prison. She was questioned about clips from phone calls that had been recorded.

Jah-Lana Streeter, Kenneth Dixon and Corey Holmes (WDIV)
Jah-Lana Streeter, Kenneth Dixon and Corey Holmes (WDIV)

The trio are charged with first-degree murder, first-degree conspiracy to commit murder, committing a crime during witness intimidation and retaliating against a witness. Holmes is also charged with felon in possession of a firearm and three felony firearms violations.

Prosecutors believe the trio planned Thompson's murder after she testified against them in a carjacking case. They said Holmes shot Thompson in her body and head. 

If found guilty, all three of them could face life in prison.

The hearing is expected to resume Wednesday.

Here is Nick Monacelli's report from Local 4 News Today: 

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