Man charged in Memorial Day drive-by murder

James David Dickson
The Detroit News
Deangelo Davis

A 41-year-old Detroit man, Deangelo Davis, faces a charge of first-degree premeditated murder for his alleged role in the Memorial Day slaying of a 30-year-old man on the city's west side, court records show. 

Monday at 4:10 p.m., in the area of Greenfield and Schoolcraft, a 30-year-old man was driving a passenger in a Chevy SUV. The two then got into an altercation with someone inside an unknown vehicle who fired multiple shots, hitting the driver multiple times, according to records. 

Police believe Davis was the shooter.

The victim tried to drive away from the scene but stopped on the 16000 block of Grand River, not far from the shooting scene. By the time medics arrived, the 30-year-old man was dead. 

Records identified the 30-year-old as Jovan Flynn. Brittney McIntyre, 19, said Flynn was a father of two, that she is pregnant with his child and that the pair were engaged to be married.  

McIntyre said that Flynn didn't even know Davis, that from what she heard the altercation between the two wasn't anything more than a look exchanged at a gas station.

"This is ridiculous, horrible, and a nightmare," McIntyre told The News. "He didn't even know the guy. No words were even said."

In Flynn, who was more than a decade her senior, McIntyre said she found stability. In addition to Flynn's 11-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son, McIntyre has a 1-year-old daughter. She said they had become a "blended family" before Flynn's death.

"He was such a great man; he took care of my daughter like she was his child," McIntyre said. "He did not deserve this."

The two met last summer at a party and started dating that fall, she said. On Mother's Day, the two had a pretty "big scuffle" of an argument, she said — one he ended by proposing marriage. 

"Things happened so fast" after the proposal, with Flynn being gunned down by the end of the month, that they never even set a marriage date. 

Two months after the fatal shooting, Davis faces not only the murder charge, but assault with intent to murder, felony firearm, and firearms possession by a felon. Davis was a parolee at the time of the shooting, and became an absconder that day, according to the Michigan Department of Corrections.

He was denied bond at his arraignment on Friday and will remain at Wayne County Jail.

Davis is due for a probable cause conference on Aug. 3, and a preliminary exam on Aug. 10, both before Judge Deborah Lewis Langston.