Mother, son charged with 2016 murder, mutilation

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Detroit — A mother and her son face murder charges related to the fiery, March 2016 death of the woman's husband, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced Tuesday.

Beatrice Flint-Tennyson, 67, of Farmington Hills and son Delbert Flint, 46, of St. Joseph, Missouri, are charged with open murder, tampering with evidence, and the disinterment and mutilation of a dead body in the death of Darvin Tennyson, 60.

He was Beatrice's husband and Flint's stepfather.

At 5:15 a.m. on March 20, 2016,  firefighters found Tennyson's body in the trunk while extinguishing a car fire in the area of Victoria and St. Aubin on Detroit's east side. 

A week and a half earlier, on March 19, Tennyson "went to work and returned home in Farmington Hills, never to be seen again," according to a statement from Worthy's office.

Tennyson was denied bond at her arraignment Sunday. She remains in the Wayne County Jail. Flint was arraigned Tuesday and jailed. His probable-cause hearing will be held May 1.

Tennyson is due for a probable-cause hearing on May 1, and a preliminary examination on May 8, both before Judge Cylenthia Miller.