Devin Taylor Brown (Detroit Police Department)
Detroit — A second Detroit man was charged Wednesday in connection with the shooting death of a 16-year-old girl in broad daylight over the weekend, prosecutors and police say.
The Wayne County Prosecutors office alleges that Kermil Smith, 18, was in the house during the shooting and lied to police when they arrived to investigate the death of the girl just before 2 p.m. Sunday on the 3200 block of Oakman.
Devin Taylor Brown, 21, was also charged Wednesday for firing a single gunshot into the girl’s chest.
Smith was arraigned Wednesday on charges of accessory after the fact, obstruction of justice and lying to a police officer.
Brown was arraigned earlier Wednesday on charges of manslaughter short form, manslaughter death by weapon aimed with intent but without malice. He was arraigned in 36th District Court.
Police initially believed that the incident was an accidental shooting, said Detroit Police Sgt. Michael Woody.
The girl was identified by relatives at the hospital but the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s office is not releasing her name because no family member has come to the morgue to positively ID her, said spokeswoman Mary Mazur.
Brown and Smith are expected to appear in 36th District Court Oct. 24 for preliminary exams. Detroit police are continuing to investigate the shooting, Detroit Police Officer Dan Donakowski said. No further details about the circumstances of the shooting were available Wednesday.
Staff writer Candice Williams contributed.