Some family and friends wore T-shirts with photos of Fox's two small children, Kaylah Hunter, 6, and 8-month-old Kristian Justice, who are still missing. (Charles V. Tines / The Detroit News)
Detroit — The family of a 28-year-old woman whose husband was arraigned Wednesday in her death say they are not giving up hope of finding her two small children who disappeared nearly three months ago.
The 36th District courtroom was packed Wednesday with Alicia Fox’s family and friends, many of whom wore T-shirts with photos of Fox’s children, Kaylah Hunter, 6, and 8-month-old Kristian Justice. The youngsters have not been seen since Fox disappeared despite exhaustive searches by her family and friends.
Fox’s decomposed body was found June 9 wrapped in a blanket in a vacant home on Penrod Street on the city’s west side. An autopsy showed she died of multiple gunshot wounds, two of them to the head. The woman’s husband, 28-year-old Erin Justice, was formally charged with her murder Wednesday. He was extradited from Atlanta.
During his video arraignment before Magistrate Charles Anderson, Justice showed no emotion as a not guilty plea was entered on his behalf. He was arraigned on first-degree murder, felon in possession of a firearm and felony firearm charges in the death of his wife.
He was remanded to the Wayne County Jail with no bond. Justice’s preliminary examination is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Sept. 4.
Members of Fox’s family said they have not given up hope of finding the children alive although reality is setting in that the youngsters might be gone forever.
“I know there’s a possibility they could be gone but I’m still praying and hoping that they’re not,” Fox’s sister Christene Doughty said.
The family plans another search for the children Saturday and Sunday on the city’s southwest side.
“If you have any information that can help us just give it up,” Doughty urged to those who might know where the youngsters might be. “Give up the information. Give up the kids.”
Fox was last seen May 24 at her home in the 18400 block of Ardmore. She is believed to have been shot in her home between May 25 and May 27.
Another man, Timothy Jones, 28, has been charged with tampering with evidence, a felony punishable by more than 10 years in prison, and concealing the death of an individual, a misdemeanor punishable by one year in jail, a $1,000 fine, or both.
Police dug up the backyard of Fox’s Ardmore home in an effort to find the children.
Doughty said she hopes Justice’s arraignment will lead to more information in the case.
“I’m hoping that him being here will put pressure on him to begin to talk,” Doughty said Wednesday. “I’m also hoping that by Timothy knowing that Erin is here being arraigned that will make him talk as well.”
Fox’s uncle, Michael Fields, says he found her body after getting an anonymous call. He said he’s also hoping Justice will tell investigators more about what happened to his niece and her small children.
“Maybe he will come around at some point and say what (happened),” Fields said Wednesday outside court after Justice’s arraignment. “Maybe he will say something.”
Fields, like Doughty, said he is not giving up on finding Fox’s children alive .
“We’re going to keep praying. We’re going to keep looking,” Fields said. “I pray every day (that the children are alive). God tells me to hold on and that’s what I’m going to do.”