Teen charged in triple homicide that left 5-year-old, couple dead

George Hunter
The Detroit News

Detroit — Three generations of a Detroit family have been gunned down in less than four months, including a mother and son whose alleged 16-year-old killer was charged Friday.

Malcolm Hardy was charged as an adult with first-degree murder and armed robbery in connection with the Feb. 18 fatal shootings of three people, identified as LaShon Marshall, 28; her 5-year-old son, Caleb Harris; and her boyfriend, Aaron Benson, 32.

On Oct. 26, Marshall's mother and Caleb's grandmother, Yvette Sewell, was fatally shot four times on the porch of her east side Detroit home, said Marshall's sister Chanel Marshall-Sewell. 

"They never found who did that," she said. "Now we're dealing with this. Caleb's sixth birthday was going to be Sunday. He was an awesome kid. He loved Batman and Johnny Quest. He wanted to go see the new Batman movie when it came out in March.

"LaShon was the comedienne of the family," said Marshall-Sewell, who said a memorial is planned for 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Stoepel Park No. 1 in Detroit's Grandmont-Rosedale neighborhood.

Marshall-Sewell said her sister didn't know her alleged killer but said Hardy was an acquaintance of Benson's.

Hardy was expected to be arraigned by video at noon Saturday in 36th District Court, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced in a Saturday release.

LaShon Marshall and her 5-year-old son, Caleb Harris. They and her boyfriend, Aaron Benson, 32, were found dead Sunday, Detroit police said. Each had been shot multiple times and a Detroit teen, 16, has been charged as an adult in connection with their deaths.

A warrant request for a second teen who also was arrested this week in connection with the killings was denied by Worthy's office for lack of evidence, Wayne County Prosecutor's Office spokeswoman Maria Miller said.

Police were alerted to the killings Sunday night when Benson's cousin dialed 911 after discovering the bodies during a wellness check at the victims' home in the 15100 block of Evergreen, Worthy said.

"Police were dispatched to the home where they observed each of the three victims fatally shot multiple times," Worthy said.

Police say Caleb was killed several days before his birthday.

Worthy's spokeswoman Maria Miller said no lawyer had been appointed for or retained by Hardy as of Thursday.

"The allegations in this case warrant charging the defendant as an adult,” Worthy said. “This case is truly disturbing, especially as it relates to young Caleb. For many reasons it is disheartening to know that a juvenile is alleged to have committed these acts.” 

As of Thursday, almost $12,000 had been donated to a fundraiser on GoFundMe.com for Caleb's funeral expenses.  

Yvette Sewell

In Caleb's grandmother's case, police say the 59-year-old woman was ambushed after parking her Ford Explorer in her driveway. She was shot as she was about to enter the home in the 4900 block of St. Clair Street, investigators said.

The suspect was seen fleeing the scene with a man driving a black pickup, police said. 

Crime Stoppers of Michigan is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to an arrest in the Sewell case. Anonymous tips can be called into (800) SPEAK UP (773-2587).


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