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2 men in 20s denied bond in late-July Detroit slaying

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Detroit — Two men in their 20s have been denied bond and will remain jailed as they face first-degree murder and gun charges in a July 28 homicide in Detroit.

Devonte Kenney

The homicide was reported about 1:45 a.m. on  July 28 on the 16200 block of Cheyenne. That's on Detroit's west side, north of Puritan, east of Schaefer.

The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office says Detroit police arrived to find the victim, a 31-year-old man, wounded in the backyard. Medics pronounced him dead at the scene.

"It is alleged the defendants followed the victim in their vehicles and shot him," the prosecutor's office said Friday in statement.

\While preliminary information had it that police were looking for a woman, about 5 feet 5 inches tall, the investigation resulted in the arrests of two men.

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Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Devonte Kenney, 22, with first-degree premeditated murder, assault with intent to murder, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and three counts of felony firearm. 

36th District Court Magistrate Joseph Boyer denied Kenney bond at his arraignment. Kenney has petitioned for a court-appointed attorney. 

Kenney is on probation under Michigan Department of Corrections supervision, which was set to expire in February, after a June 2017 guilty plea to charges of receiving and concealing stolen vehicles and stolen guns.

Worthy also charged Matthew Williams-Brockman, 24, with first-degree murder, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and two counts of felony firearm.

Boyer also denied Williams-Brockman bond at his arraignment, and he has also requested a court-appointed attorney.

Matthew Williams-Brockman

Williams-Brockman just finished serving 2.5 years of a 1- to 5-year prison term for receiving and concealing stolen cars. He pleaded guilty in the Wayne County case in May 2017 and was released from prison in December 2019. 

Both men are due back in court on August 13 for a probable cause conference before 36th District Judge Roberta Archer.