Comments by man accused in musician’s killing allowed

Oralandar Brand-Williams
The Detroit News

The statements a defendant allegedly made to his aunt about the killing of a world-renowned musician will be admitted into evidence during his trial, a Wayne County judge ruled Friday.

Circuit Court Judge Craig Strong granted the prosecutor’s request to allow statements into Darnell Young’s upcoming trial, scheduled for May 23, that he reportedly made to his aunt about the fatal Christmas Eve carjacking of Anthony Tolson.

The aunt testified during a preliminary examination in February about Young about a telephone conversation she had with her nephew and him telling her about his involvement in the killing.

Tolson, 33, was carjacked outside a store on Gratiot on the city’s east side after leaving church services. A bass player, he toured the world with some of the biggest acts and names in music.

“He said that he’s in trouble, and that he did something really bad,” she testified. “Then he told me what he did: He killed someone. I didn’t believe him. I said, ‘You’re lying.’ Then he ended up sending me the link (to an online news story about the killing).”

The conversation “ended with me telling him he needs to pray, that he needs to get right with God, and that I’ll pray for him.”

Young, 18, and Charles Cox, 35, will go to trial on multiple charges including murder and carjacking for Tolson’s slaying. The trial will be heard before Strong.

A third man Devan Williams, 27, of Inkster was also charged last month in connection with Tolson’s murder. Williams faces charges of first-degree murder, premeditated murder, felony murder, carjacking, armed robbery, possession by a felon and felony firearm.

Williams’ next court date, a preliminary examination, is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Monday before 36th District Judge Lydia Nance Adams.

Cox and Young also allegedly took Christmas gifts — a Batman toy, three video games and other items — from Tolson’s vehicle before torching it. Authorities say Young and Cox targeted Tolson’s vehicle for its pricey rims, which Young and Cox reportedly told police they could get $1,200 for.

Tolson left behind three children Amber, 13, Aaron, 12, and William, 7.

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