Detroit woman found in trash bin had rope around neck

Oralandar Brand-Williams
The Detroit News

A 24-year-old Detroit woman whose body was found in a garbage bin had a red rope around her neck, but it’s unclear if it was the cause of death, a police investigator testified during a preliminary examination Friday for her ex-boyfriend.

Kajavia Globe was found Dec. 14 nude from the waist down in a wheeled dumpster behind a vacant house on the city’s northwest side. She had been reported missing just days before, and police were looking for a person — believed to be a man — who was videotaped wearing a mask while withdrawing money from her account at an ATM.

Dr. Lokman Sung, the assistant Wayne County medical examiner who performed Globe’s autopsy, said he could not comment on whether the rope was used to take her life.

Globe, 24, of Detroit had been missing since Dec. 11 when her body was found three days later in a 55-gallon garbage bin behind an abandoned home in the 18500 block of Fielding near Clarita. Her ex-boyfriend, Maxwell Brack, is a suspect in her killing.

There were no external or internal signs of injury to the body, Sung testified before 36th District Court Judge Shannon Holmes. .

Sung said there was an outer laceration to the woman’s left eye and bruising to Globe’s pelvic area. He did not elaborate or testify if she had been sexually assaulted. The fact Globe’s body was “hidden from view” suggests a homicide, Sung said. He added he still could not determine how she died even though the toxicology report on her death demonstrated nothing unusual and there were no injuries to her organs. He said it did not appear her death was by natural causes.

Plastic and fiberfill material were found along with the body inside the container, Detroit Police Officer Eugene Fitzhugh testified Friday. Police later found matching fiberfill material in the basement of a home where Brack visited a former female friend on the same block of Fielding where the body was found.

Globe’s 2003 gold Chevrolet Impala was found at 6:30 a.m. Dec. 14 in the area of Keller and Chatham with dried blood stains and Globe’s purse inside, Detroit Police Officer Steven Dudzic testified.

Also taking the stand Friday was a resident of the block near where Globe’s body was found. She said she saw a man who appeared suspicious putting a trash bin in front of a vacant, boarded-up yellow house Dec. 13. She said he later saw the man take the bin to the back of the house and then to the front again.

She had picked a suspect, believed to be Brack, out of a Detroit Police photo lineup, but didn’t identify him in court.

A supervisor for a trash company that picks up garbage in Detroit also testified, saying he received a call from one of his employees that she received a tip there was a body was in a bin on her trash route. Everett Stafford said he followed up on the tip but found nothing before he told police about it. .

Stafford said when he went to look for the bin containing a body he noticed a man standing on a porch on Fielding with his hands in his pocket and an unusual quick gaze.

Brack’s preliminary examination continues at 8:30 a.m. Thursday. A Detroit police officer who is a key investigator will be on the stand. The investigator was scheduled to testify Friday, but was sick.

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