Macomb Twp. man arraigned in roommate’s fatal stabbing

Holly Fournier, and Jim Lynch

Macomb Township — A 26-year-old man was arraigned Tuesday and held without bond after he allegedly stabbed his roommate to death during a fight, according to the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office.

Jerald Wayne Boozer-Brown Jr. is charged with second-degree homicide and misdemeanor interfering with a crime report, officials said. He was arraigned in 41A District Court of Shelby Township and is due back in court Feb. 29.

Boozer-Brown is accused of fatally stabbing roommate Brian Dequan Shepard during a physical dispute just after 1 a.m. at the Northport Apartments complex, north of Hall Road, officials said. At some point during the attack, Shepard attempted to access his cellphone to call for help, Lt. John Michalke said.

“(Boozer-Brown) apparently deprived the victim of his phone,” Michalke said.

That alleged action led to the misdemeanor interfering with a crime report charge, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies who responded to the home found 21-year-old Shepard suffering from a stab wound, officials said. The victim was transported to Henry Ford Macomb Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Shepard was home with Boozer-Brown and two other people when the fight and stabbing occurred. It was not immediately clear what sparked the dispute between the two men.

If convicted, Boozer-Brown faces life in prison.

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