Man, 21, denied bond in social media slaying on east side

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Detroit — A 21-year-old Detroit man facing eight felony charges in a homicide police say was related to social media postings has been denied bond, records show.

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At 11:30 a.m. Sept. 27, police responded to a reported shooting on the 18000 block of Lamont. That's on Detroit's east side, south of East Seven Mile and east of Ryan.

Officials said it appears two men had arrived at the home of a 23-year-old man who court records identify as Michael Ballard Sr. to confront him about a post he put on social media.

An argument began and the two men got into the home and then fatally shot the victim, police said. A GoFundMe page created to seek donations to cover Ballard's funeral says he was killed in his mother's home.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Davonta Dickens with first-degree premeditated murder, felony murder, armed robbery, unlawful imprisonment, and four counts of felony firearm.

Dickens was denied bond at his arraignment Friday — exactly one week after the homicide itself — at Detroit's 36th District Court, before Magistrate Laura Echartea. He is due for a probable cause conference on Oct. 18 and a preliminary examination on Oct. 25, both before Judge Ronald Giles.