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Detroit man, 18, faces murder, carjacking charges in separate cases

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Detroit — An 18-year-old Detroit man faces charges of murder and carjacking in two separate cases.

Jahim Weatherby

Jahim Weatherby faces charges of felony murder as a juvenile, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, and armed robbery causing serious injury in connection to the death of a man on Detroit's east side. 

At about 8:15 p.m. June 26, the body of a 19-year-old man was found inside a vacant home, wrapped in carpet, on the 11800 block of Elmdale, police said at the time. That's north of Harper and east of Conner.

Weatherby was 17 at the time of the homicide. Charges in the murder case were filed Monday, court records show.

The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office identifies the victim as Darius Jones. He was 19.

The day of Jones' death, Detroit Police Department put out an alert announcing that he'd been missing since June 21.

Darius Jones

Jones, 6 feet four inches tall, weighing about 200 pounds, was last seen alive about 4 p.m. that Sunday on the 18000 block of Westphalia, police said. That's about 2.5 miles north and east from where he would be found.

Weatherby was denied bond at his arraignment Tuesday afternoon, and will remain jailed as the case proceeds.

Court records show Weatherby had been on electric tether monitoring, the result of recently lowered bond in a carjacking case.

In that case, owing to an alleged July 11 incident, Weatherby faces six felonies: carjacking, three counts of felony firearm, concealing and receiving a stolen vehicle, and unlawful driving away of a motor vehicle. 

He was given a $75,000 bond initially, but that was lowered more recently to a $20,000 personal bond and a requirement that he wear a GPS tether. Personal bonds only need to be paid when someone does not show up to court.

Weatherby is one of four people charged in the carjacking case, court records show.

Weatherby is due to appear Thursday for a preliminary examination before Judge Kenneth King at Detroit's 36th District Court, records show.