Twins charged in April 2020 murder, mutilation of man in Detroit

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Detroit — Twin brothers face murder and mutilation charges in the slaying of a man whose body was found shot and burned in April 2020.

Christian and Christopher Kidd, 25, both face murder charges in the death of Roosevelt Knight, 23.

Christian Kidd

Both have been denied bond and both will remain at Wayne County Jail as their cases proceed.

On April 19, 2020, Detroit police found an unidentified man's burned and shot body on the 2900 block of Pingree. That's on Detroit's west side, south of Joy Road, west of Linwood.

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Court transcripts obtained by The Detroit News identify the slain man as Roosevelt Knight, nickname "Meech." The records indicate he was an associate of Christian Kidd, who also is listed as Christians Kidd in some court records. He was 23.

The month before his death, Knight was released from Livingston County Jail due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The News reported last year.

Knight was arrested in February in Livingston County after police stopped him in a Chevy Malibu that had been reported stolen out of Wyandotte. 

Knight's attorney, Andrew Densemo, sought to release his client from the jail, calling the pandemic “unprecedented and extraordinarily dangerous," and a risk to inmates who have little ability to engage in social distancing. 

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While Christopher Kidd has been bound over for trial at Wayne County Circuit Court, Christian Kidd's case is in the beginning stages after charges against him were dropped and then refiled last week.

Christopher Kidd

Christian Kidd's court-appointed attorney, William Winters of Detroit, confirmed the case was dropped at a hearing last week.

Christian Kidd was considered competent to stand trial on Friday. But at that same hearing, the state dismissed its case.

The state refiled the same charges, but Winters said that because he was court-appointed to the first case, Kidd could be assigned a different attorney.

The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office didn't respond on Monday to a request on why the original charges against Christian were dropped.

Patrick Nyenhuis, attorney for Christopher Kidd, said the refiling in his brother's case will likely delay his client's case.

"We don't even know when the next in-person trial will be," Nyenhuis said. 

Nyenhuis requested an explanation from prosecutors about why the charges were filed.

In a Dec. 9, 2020 response, Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Eric Goze summarized the state's case.

The night before Knight's body was found, the twins allegedly picked him up at a Citgo gas station at 13601 Greenfield, Goze wrote.

Christopher had recently come up two guns short from his stash, Goze added. Christian told him he had one, and Knight had the other. The Kidds drove in Christopher's black Chrysler 300.

Knight had been at Sinai-Grace Hospital. The brothers were going to meet him there, the state argues. But on the way there, they saw Knight on the street, on crutches. They approached him at the gas station. 

Christian and Knight allegedly fought in the back seat of the car. During the fight, he allegedly handcuffed Knight and stuffed a sock in his mouth, Goze wrote.

In addition to the property issue of Christopher's gun, Christian was allegedly angry with Knight for "upping the gun on him" recently.

The twins drove back, and after arriving at Christian's vehicle, Christian got out and allegedly stuffed Knight into his trunk, Goze wrote. 

Roosevelt Knight was never seen alive again. He died from multiple blunt force trauma to the head, and his death was ruled a homicide.