Woman, 24, arraigned in shooting death of pregnant student
Detroit — A 24-year-old Southfield woman was arraigned Thursday on four felony charges in the Nov. 10 shooting death of a 20-year-old woman minutes after she got off work on Detroit's west side.
Gabrielle Brantley stood mute during a video arraignment in 36th District Court in Detroit. A not-guilty plea was entered on her behalf and she was jailed without bond in connection to the Nov. 10 killing of KaBria Arnold, who was gunned down at Pilgrim and Bentler.
The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office charged Brantley with first-degree premeditated murder, assault on a pregnant woman-intentionally causing miscarriage or stillbirth, and two counts of felony firearm.
Brantley is expected to return to court Dec. 5 for a probable-cause conference. A preliminary hearing is Dec. 12, according to the court.
Detroit police Chief James Craig said earlier this week that the police investigation revealed that Arnold had met someone in the area of Pilgrim and Bentler. That's less than a mile south of the Meijer store where her family had previously told The News she worked, on Grand River near McNichols.
Arnold's mother, Diane, said she knew within minutes of the end of her daughter's shift, at 11:30 p.m., that something was wrong.
"We have a check-in system, and we're always where we were supposed to be," Arnold said. "In my planner, we have five lines in each box. Each child has a line, and everything they did was in there."
Arnold had been a scholarship softball player at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and Morgan State in Baltimore before that. Most recently, she was taking courses through Wayne County Community College District, her mother said.
Reached Thursday, after charges against Brantley were announced, Arnold said that while she's "ecstatic that the Detroit Police Department did such a great and swift job, (KaBria's) not breathing right now."
Staff Writer Christine Ferretti contributed to this report.