May 28, 2014 at 3:59 pm

2 to be arraigned in death of Detroit girl hit near ice cream truck

Detroit — Two men were arraigned on several felony charges Wednesday in connection with the May 19 hit and run death of an 8-year-old girl on the city’s west side.

Cortney Shields, 23, and Leonard Crosby, 19, both of Detroit, were formally charged before 36th District Court Magistrate Renee McDuffee.

Shields was arraigned on the amended charges of second-degree murder, reckless driving causing death and failure to stop when at fault causing death charges. Crosby was charged with being an accessory after the fact to a felony. Both men were arraigned via video from the Wayne County Jail.

Shields was held without bond while Crosby’s $800,000 cash surety bond was continued by McDuffee.

Shields had initially been charged Sunday with reckless driving and failing to stop at an injury accident, but the more serious charges were leveled against him after the child, Kamari Smith, later died at Children’s Hospital.

Shield’s defense attorney Ray Paige said his client is remorseful but will fight the murder charges against him in a “respectful” manner.

“He and his family feels extremely remorseful,” said Paige. “It’s tragic for the (girl’s) family. It’s tragic for the Shields. Nobody gets up in the morning with plans to run over an 8-year-old girl. It’s very egregious to him”

The girl was hit May 19 by a Dodge Charger as she was crossing the street in front of an ice cream truck outside her home in the 14800 block of Robson, say police.

Kamari’s organs have been donated for medical transplants, the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office said Tuesday.

Both Shields and Crosby are scheduled for preliminary examinations 9 a.m. June 10 at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice.

Detroit News Staff Writer Tony Briscoe contributed.