Murder convict charged in fatal Detroit freeway shooting

Oralandar Brand-Williams
The Detroit News

A 39-year-old Detroit man who served more than 20 years for murder was charged Friday in connection with the fatal shooting of another man on a local freeway this week.

David Easterly is accused of killing Bernard Waller, 31, also of Detroit around 8:12 p.m. Monday on the westbound shoulder of Interstate 96 near Grand River.

David Easterly

Michigan State Troopers on patrol saw what appeared to be a crash involving two cars in the area and found Waller dead from several gunshot wounds.

On the eastbound side of I-96, troopers discovered the body of Emmanuel Woodward, 27, of Detroit, who apparently was struck by a car as he attempted to cross the freeway.

No other details were released Friday in the case because it remains under state police investigation, the prosecutor's office said.

Easterly was arraigned in 36th District Court on charges of first-degree murder, assault with intent to murder, felon in possession of firearm, carrying concealed weapon, and three counts of felony firearm 2nd offense. His probable cause conference is scheduled for March 9 and a preliminary examination March 16 before Judge Ronald Giles. 

According to online records from the Michigan Department of Corrections, Easterly was sentenced in March 1998 to 10 to 30 years for a second-degree murder committed in September 1997, when he was 16. He was released on June 30 last year.