Wayne State University student Tiane Brown. Her body was found Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in a vacant lot on Detroit's east side. (AP)
Two men arrested in connection with the slaying of a Wayne State University law student were arraigned Saturday. Neither man has been charged with the student’s murder.
Michael Booker, 41, and Robert Windsor, 34, were arrested Wednesday after police said they caught them with the cellphone of Tiane Brown, who was found dead of a gunshot wound while sitting behind the wheel of her SUV in an east side lot.
Booker was charged with tampering with evidence, larceny from a motor vehicle, receiving and concealing stolen property under $1,000, breaking and entering a motor vehicle, and two counts of assault and battery. Windsor was charged with receiving and concealing stolen property under $1,000.
If convicted, Booker could spend up to 10 years in prison, while Windsor’s alleged crime is a one-year misdemeanor.
The men were arraigned by video in 34th District Court in Romulus. Bond for Booker was set at $500,000 cash/surety while bond for Windsor was set at $10,000 or 10 percent cash surety. The men will appear for preliminary examinations on Nov. 12 and Nov 14 respectively.
Meanwhile, Brown’s family is struggling with her death.
The victim’s 8-year-old daughter went trick-or-treating on Halloween in an attempt by relatives to give the child an evening of normalcy in the aftermath of the tragedy.
“We just wanted to get her away from all the craziness,” said Brown’s stepfather, Nate Jones. “We’re all doing the best we can, but it’s so hard.”
Two days after the discovery of Brown’s body, her family remains shaken, Jones said.
“I’m a little disoriented,” he said. “We’re all so sad, and we’ve just been running around like crazy.”
Thanksgiving dinner won’t be held at the family home this year, Jones said.
“There’s just no way we can have it here,” he said. “We’ll have it somewhere, but not here. That would be way too hard to deal with.”
There are several issues to be addressed, Jones said, including who will care for Brown’s children, ages 1½, 8 and 14.
“My wife and I were always wondering what would happen if something would happen to us; who would get what,” he said. “You never consider what would happen if your child dies. We just never thought of that.”
Funeral services begin at 11 a.m. Nov. 9 in Oasis of Hope Christian Church, 933 W. 7 Mile. Internment is at Elmwood Cemetery in Detroit.