Man, 59, faces murder charge in west side stabbing

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Detroit – A 59-year-old man, Roderick Conley, faces a murder charge in a January 3 homicide on the city's west side. 

Roderick Conley

The victim, described at the time only as a black male between 40 and 50 years old, was stabbed in his chest and the back of his head while in the basement of the home. After being privately conveyed to an area hospital, he was dead on arrival.

The stabbing took place early that morning, about 2:45 a.m. on the 15000 block of Prevost, which is south of Fenkell and west of Greenfield.

Court records identify the victim as Trista Mahon. 

The Wayne County Medical Examiner did not immediately respond to a request for more information on Mahon.

At the time, police described the suspect as a black male, about 6 feet tall and 190 pounds. 

Records show that Conley has a violent past. In Nov. 1977, he was sentenced to a term of 50 to 75 years for armed robbery, assault with intent to murder, and four other charges. He was released in 2002, after serving 25 years, records show. Chris Gautz, a Michigan Department of Corrections spokesman, said Conley was released early due to good time, a practice that no longer applies. Today, prisoners serve at least their minimum sentence. 

In July 2016, Conley pled guilty to larceny from a person, and was sentenced to two years of probation that would have ended in July 2018. 

Neither jail nor court records indicate Conley has been arrested or arraigned. A warrant for his arrest was issued on Jan. 5.