Detroit — A fourth suspect has been charged in the early February armed robbery and homicide of a 64-year-old man on Detroit's west side.

While two people have taken plea deals, two others have been denied bond and are lodged at Wayne County Jail.

At about 9:10 p.m. Feb. 6, Willie Ray Pittman Jr. pulled up on the 14000 block of LaSalle Boulevard, south of Oakman, and honked his horn.

Two men approached with handguns and ordered Pittman and a second person out of the vehicle and down to the ground. Pittman was shot. Medics took him to a hospital, but he died in surgery the next day.

On Monday, Walter Whitner, 45, was arraigned at Detroit's 36th District Court on four charges: first-degree premeditated murder, felony murder, armed robbery, and conspiracy to commit armed robbery. Magistrate Millicent Sherman denied him bond, and Whitner has petitioned for a court-appointed attorney.

Whitner is due for a probable cause conference on Sept. 18 and a preliminary examination on Sept. 25, both before Judge Ronald Giles.

Last Friday, George Robinson, 51, was denied bond on an identical slate of charges. Robinson is due for a probable cause conference on Sept. 20 and a preliminary examination on Sept. 27, both before Judge Ronald Giles. He has requested a court-appointed attorney.

Two people, a man and a woman, have already taken plea deals on murder charges in Pittman's death.

David Calvin Moore, 45, faced seven felonies before pleading guilty to three of them in July: second-degree murder, felony firearm second offense and armed robbery. The charges dismissed were first-degree premeditated murder, felony murder, firearms possession by a felony and felony firearm.

For the homicide and armed robbery charges he'll serve concurrent terms of 15 to 25 years. First he'll serve five years for the felony firearm offense, with credit for 200 days of jail time. 

Gwendolyn Christian, 39, pleaded guilty in August to second-degree murder, and had charges of armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery dismissed. She'll be sentenced Sept. 18.

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