Man, 26, 2nd to be charged in Christmas Eve homicide

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Detroit — A 26-year-old Detroit man faces seven charges, including felony murder, in a Christmas Eve homicide on the city's west side, and has been denied bond as his case proceeds.

Devaun Barr is the second suspect to face charges related to the shooting death of a 19-year-old man named Frans Younan.

Devaun Barr

At about 2:30  a.m. on Christmas Eve, police were dispatched to the 15800 block of Wisconsin to check on an unresponsive man found lying on the sidewalk. That's south of Puritan and east of Wyoming.

The victim died at the scene. Police declared the death suspicious. 

The Wayne County Medical Examiner said Younan died from a gunshot wound to the abdomen. His death was ruled a homicide.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Barr with felony murder, two counts of conspiracy to commit a legal act in an illegal manner, two counts of armed robbery, and two counts of felony firearm.

Barr was denied bond at his arraignment Monday, and will remain at Wayne County Jail. He is due for a probable cause conference on Sept. 11.

The first suspect charged in the homicide, 21-year-old Samaria Dorsey of Ferndale, pleaded guilty in May to armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery. She also pleaded guilty in an armed robbery the week before the homicide.

In return, charges of felony murder, armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery were dismissed.

Samaria Dorsey

Prosecutors alleged that Dorsey lured victims in, while another party would carry out the attack.

Dorsey was sentenced to 9 to 15 years in prison and is an inmate at Women's Huron Valley Correctional Facility in Ypsilanti. In August, Dorsey filed an appeal. Her appellate attorney could not immediately be reached.