Detroit teen 2nd to be charged in beating death
A Detroit teen has been charged with second degree murder in the Feb. 18 beating that left victim Xavier Dawn Pratcher, 61, in the road on Eight Mile, where he died after being hit by a truck.
Deante Controll Taylor, 16, was named as an adult co-defendant in Pratcher’s homicide, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said Monday. Taylor’s co-defendant Edjuan Darico-Donald Jackson, 27, was charged Feb. 28.
Taylor and Jackson are both charged with second-degree murder. Taylor was denied bond at his arraignment Saturday and remanded to jail. A preliminary examination is scheduled for for Jackson at 9 a.m. Tuesday.
Taylor was arraigned Saturday. His probable cause conference is at 8:30 am. March 23 and his preliminary examination is March 28. The cases will be consolidated and heard before Judge William McConico of 36th District Court.
Authorities allege Taylor and Jackson kicked and beat Pratcher, of Southfield, in the head as he was crossing Eight Mile near Rosemont Street in Detroit around 1:30 a.m. Feb. 18.
Detroit Police were called to the area an hour later and discovered Pratcher laying in the eastbound lanes of W. Eight Mile with a head injury. Pratcher had lost consciousness after being left in the street and was struck by a vehicle.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.