Woman whose car hit boyfriend to be tried for murder

Oralandar Brand-Williams
The Detroit News

A 20-year-old Detroit woman accused of running over her boyfriend with her car and killing him will stand trial for murder.

Danisha Mathis was bound over Wednesday in 36th District Court in the death of 26-year-old Terrence Lamond Ricks Jr. Ricks was struck June 13 on Seven Mile near Trinity on Detroit’s northwest side.

Mathis has been charged with premeditated first-degree murder.

Mathis sat emotionless Wednesday next to her attorney in the 36th District courtroom of Judge Lydia Nance Adams, handcuffed and dressed in drab green jail attire.

Two Detroit police officers gave brief testimony after a video was played that showed a black 2008 Ford Fusion, registered to Mathis, chasing Ricks.

Authorities said Mathis and Ricks argued before the incident, which occurred around 9:15 p.m. She was arrested at her northwest-side home after allegedly fleeing the scene.

Mathis’ attorney told the judge there was not enough evidence to prove she should be tried for premeditated murder. An autopsy done by the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office showed he died from massive injuries.

“It is our position that there isn’t sufficient evidence of premeditation and deliberation,” lawyer Maria Mannarino told the judge.

“What we saw was the vehicle being driven towards the young man and that he slips and falls. I don’t know that under the circumstances of what they saw that that is evidence of an intent ... the necessary intent of premeditation and deliberation,” she said.

But Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Duane Brown said disagreed, saying, “It was an intentional act.” He read details from witness accounts about the incident in court Wednesday.

Adams said Wednesday there was probable cause to bound Mathis over on trial and scheduled an arraignment on information for Aug. 3.

“There is video showing (Ricks) was being chased down Seven Mile. The car goes around the corner still chasing him,” Adams said.

Both Mathis and Ricks’ parents attended the hearing but were asked to leave because they could be called to testify during the trial. Ricks’ father would not comment Wednesday.


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