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Oralandar Brand-Williams
The Detroit News

Two teens were charged as adults Friday in connection with the fatal beating and stabbing of an Uber driver in Detroit last week.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Devin Delon McKee, 17, and Lanyah Quan Brady, 15,  both Detroit residents.

The teens are accused of killing Uber driver Timothy Marcus Perkins, 60, of Southfield around 9:20 a.m. Jan. 21 on the Interstate 94 service drive near Elmer on Detroit's southwest side, according to the prosecutor.

Police found Perkins in an alleyway at Elmer and Lawrence bleeding from his head and with multiple stab wounds in his back and in his torso. Police took him to the hospital, where he died from his wounds.

Besides being stabbed, Perkins was beaten with a hammer, according to the prosecutor's office.

The teens allegedly called for an Uber driver "for the purpose of robbing" Perkins and once inside his car McKee robbed and carjacked Perkins by attacking him with a hammer and stabbing him with a knife. Brady allegedly was also armed with a knife and stabbed Perkins.

A Detroit Police squad car is shown in Campus Martius in Detroit on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014.

After the attack, the pair allegedly stole Perkins' car and his personal property and then fled. An investigation by Detroit police led to the recovery of Perkins' car and to the identification of the two teens, who were taken into police custody Monday.

The teens were arraigned Friday before Magistrate Joseph Boyer of 36th District Court on charges of first-degree felony murder, carjacking and armed robbery causing serious injury. McKee was remanded to jail without bond. Brady was given a $1 million bond and will be under house arrest and have to wear a GPS tether if she is able to pay the bond and gets released.

McKee turned 17 Friday. 

“It is rare that we use the automatic waiver to charge juveniles as adults," said Worthy. "But the alleged facts in this case are especially heinous and violent. The evidence in this case will show that these defendants called an Uber with a plan to rob and carjack the driver, beat and bludgeoned him, and left him in an alley to die.”

 McKee and Brady are due back in court Feb. 10 before 36th District Court Judge Ronald Giles.