Three charged in kidnapping, death of Detroit teenager

George Hunter, and Candice Williams

Three people were arraigned Thursday on multiple charges in connection with the killing of 13-year-old Deontae Mitchell, whose kidnapping set up a massive search before his body was found in an overgrown field on Detroit’s east side.

Gregory Walker, Lillian Roberts and Ernest Coleman, all of Detroit, have been charged with one count each of felony murder, kidnapping, torture, unlawful imprisonment, felon in possession of a firearm and felony firearm. Walker also has been charged with first-degree premeditated murder.

“Deontae and a friend were in an alley at the rear of a store in the 15900 block of East Warren when they observed a male drop an unknown amount of cash on the ground,” said Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy. “Deontae picked the cash up and he and his friend rode away on their bicycles.

Deontae Mitchell

“It’s alleged that Walker, Roberts and Coleman kidnapped Deontae at gunpoint near the store and drove away with him in a car. It is alleged that Walker beat the child and later choked him to death while aided and abetted by Roberts and Coleman.”

Walker and Roberts were found in Toledo, Ohio, and were extradited to Detroit this week.

The incident happened about 10:30 p.m. May 31 as Deontae and a cousin at the rear of a store.

They were arraigned by video Thursday before Magistrate Bari Blake Wood and remain in the Wayne County Jail.

Walker, Roberts and Coleman are expected to return to court June 16 for a probable cause conference at Frank Murphy Hall of Justice. A preliminary exam is set for June 22.

On Wednesday, before Judge Thomas Cameron in Wayne County Circuit Court, Walker pleaded guilty to absconding from probation supervision, failing to pay court assessments and attorney fees and leaving the state without permission. He will be sentenced July 8 for those offenses, a court official said.