Woman accused of fatally shooting son's father on Detroit's east side charged

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Detroit — A woman accused of shooting and killing her son's father Saturday on the city's east side has turned herself in, police said.

Shanitra Janise Newson, 29, was charged with second-degree murder and using a firearm during a felony in connection with the death of Jamel Sandifer, 30, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced Wednesday.

Newson was arraigned Tuesday in 36th District Court and given a $250,000/10% bond. If Newson posts bond, she will be put on a GPS tether and placed under house arrest.

Officials allege she shot and killed Sandifer in the 14900 block of Bringard near Gratiot and Eight Mile. Investigators said they recovered a weapon at the scene. 

Worthy's office said Sandifer and Newson were living together, and an argument escalated and Newson produced a handgun and shot Sandifer. Officers found Sandifer in the bathroom of the home with a gunshot wound to his left wrist and right flank. Medics transported him to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

According to WDIV-TV, Newsome and the victim have a 10-year-old son together.

Police said they searched for Newsome, who later turned herself in at the police department's 5th Precinct.

Her probable cause conference is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. April 5 and her preliminary examination is scheduled for 1:45 p.m. April 12 before Judge Kenneth King.