Westland man faces murder, arson charges in fatal west side fire

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Detroit — A 36-year-old Westland man was denied bond and will remain jailed as he faces five felony charges related to a fatal fire in August on Detroit's west side, records show.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Robert Anthony Davis with five felonies: felony murder, second-degree murder, two counts of first-degree arson and one count of arson preparation to burn real property.

Robert Davis

Detroit police say that just before 6:50 p.m. Aug. 9, the suspect set ablaze a home on the 9600 block of Sorrento. That's just north of West Chicago and west of Meyers.

Accounts of the fire indicate the home was occupied by multiple people at the time, and Detroit police spokeswoman Latrice Crawford said three victims were taken from the scene. A 52-year-old man died from his injuries weeks later. 

Davis was arraigned Friday at Detroit's 36th District Court, and denied bond by Magistrate Laura Echartea. He has petitioned for a court-appointed attorney.

Davis is due back in court on Oct. 19 for a probable cause conference, and on Oct. 25 for a preliminary examination, both before Judge Lynise Bryant.