Roseville man arraigned in Sanford stepdad's killing
The stepfather of a teen jailed for eight years for killings he did not commit was fatally shot on Detroit's east side and the man charged in the crime was arraigned Friday afternoon.
Floyd Darnell Nix, 35, of Roseville has been remanded to jail on charges of first-degree murder, felony firearm and felon in possession of a firearm. He's due next in court Nov. 15 and 23 before Judge Lydia Nance Adams.
Police say the body of Jeremaine Tilmon, 39, was found early Thursday morning on the 3600 block of Chatsworth — north of Mack, east of Alter Road — with gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene, said Officer Jennifer Moreno, a spokeswoman with the Detroit Police Department.
The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office said Friday that Tilmon was standing in front of the home of an old friend about 2:30 a.m. when he had an encounter with another man. Tilmon was unarmed and had his hands up when he was shot, prosecutors said in a statement.
Tilmon was known as a Ceasefire activist in the city. He also is the stepfather to Davontae Sanford, who was released from jail earlier this year after serving eight years for a quadruple homicide on Runyon. After Sanford was jailed, self-professed hitman Vincent Smothers confessed to the shootings. He has not been charged in the crimes.
In May, Michigan State Police submitted the results of their 11-month re-investigation of the case: They said someone else had committed the killings for which Sanford was convicted. He walked out of the Bellamy Creek Correctional Facility in Ionia on June 8 a free man. His case was officially closed July 19, when Wayne Circuit Judge Brian Sullivan granted prosecutors’ June 8 motion to drop charges against Sanford.
Sanford's case became a national cause for innocence advocates who called Sanford’s conviction a miscarriage of justice.
Staff Writer George Hunter contributed.