Boy, 12, charged in Sunday shooting death of Detroiter

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News
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A 12-year-old boy has been charged with manslaughter by the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office in connection with the fatal Sunday shooting of a Detroit man, officials said.

The boy also was charged with a count of having a firearm in his possession during the commission of a felony, the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office said Tuesday.

The boy was is being charged as a juvenile.

During a preliminary hearing at the Juvenile Detention Center, a magistrate set the boy's bond at $10,000, ordered him not to have any contact with any potential witnesses and told him to not have access to any type of firearm. The magistrate also scheduled a pre-trial conference in the case for June 7 at the Lincoln Hall of Justice. 

Police accuse the boy of shooting and killing D’Vonte Relford, 25, of Detroit. 

Authorities said officers were called at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday to a home in the 16000 block of Mark Twain Street near Six Mile Road and Hubbell Avenue for a report of a shooting.

Police arrived and found Relford on the ground outside of the home and with multiple gunshot wounds. Medics were called and took him to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Investigators believe the boy fired a gun during a fight and fatally struck Relford in the back. 

cramirez@detroitnews.com

Twitter: @CharlesERamirez

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