Teens accused of murdering Uber driver in Southwest Detroit face sentencing

Timothy Perkins, 60, found in alley with injuries, stab wounds after attack, carjacking

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DETROIT – Two teenagers are set to be sentenced Friday on first-degree murder and other charges in connection with the 2021 killing of an Uber driver in Southwest Detroit.

Devin McKee, 16, and Lanyah Brady, 15, are both being charged as adults with first-degree murder, carjacking and armed robbery causing serious injury in the death of a 60-year-old Uber driver from Southfield. Detroit police say the man, identified as Timothy Perkins, was found in an alley on Jan. 21, 2021 with fatal injuries.

When Detroit police were called to Elmer and Lawrence streets on that day, officers reportedly found Perkins in the alley, and he was bleeding from his head and had several stab wounds on his back and torso. Perkins was taken to the hospital, where he died as a result of his injuries.

Investigators recovered Perkins’ stolen car and identified McKee and Brady as suspects in the case, police said.

The two teens are accused of calling for an Uber driver with the intention of robbing the driver. Detroit police say when McKee and Brady were inside the man’s car, McKee robbed and carjacked Perkins by attacking with a hammer and stabbing him with a knife. Brady was also reportedly armed with a knife and stabbed the driver.

After the attack, police say the teens stole the man’s car, his personal property and then fled the scene.

Brady and McKee were arraigned on the charges in January 2021, and are facing sentencing on Friday, May 6.

Timothy Marcus Perkins (WDIV)

Previously: 2 Detroit teens charged with murdering Uber driver who was attacked with hammer, knife, police say


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