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3 arraigned in Mount Clemens fatal shooting

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

Three people were arraigned Thursday on charges related to the fatal shooting this week in Mount Clemens of a 44-year-old Clinton Township man, according to officials.

Christopher Rashawn Jones, 27, Ashley Lachell Redmond, 25, and Randy James Mahaffey, 27, all of Mount Clemens, were arraigned in 41-B District Court in Clinton Township in connection to the death Wednesday of James Capizzo, who was shot around 1:30 a.m. Monday at 195 South Main, south of Cass and east of Gratiot.

Christopher Rashawn Jones

Jones was charged with felony murder, armed robbery, felony firearm, and being a felon in possession of a weapon, according officials. He was denied bond.

His fiancee, Redmond, was charged with accessory after the fact to a felony. She received a $5,000 personal bond.

Ashley Lachell Redmond

The third suspect, Mahaffey, was charged with armed robbery and was given a $500,000 bond.

All three are due back in court Jan. 11, officials said.

Their alleged victim was discovered early Monday by deputies responding to a report that a man had been shot. They found Capizzo lying on his back in the snow, at the foot of a staircase. He had suffered at least one gunshot wound to the head and the suspect had fled the scene.

It appeared to be a "robbery gone bad" as the victim and suspects consumed illicit drugs in an apartment, Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said.

Investigators found two spent .22 long-rifle shell casings at the scene, indicating two shots had been fired. It was not immediately clear how many times Capizzo was struck, Wickersham said. He died Wednesday at McLaren Macomb.

Jones and Redmond were taken into custody Monday, hours after the shooting. Mahaffey was arrested late Wednesday, after Capizzo's death.

The suspects were tracked down through a variety of investigative tactics, according to a statement released Thursday morning by Wickersham.

Directly after the shooting, a sheriff's K-9 was brought to the scene and sniffed a route to a nearby home on Gratiot, officials said. Detectives were able to identify Jones as the shooting suspect after speaking with the homeowner as well as witnesses from the crime scene. He was arrested Monday while exiting a Harper Woods business.

Redmond was arrested earlier Monday as police conducted surveillance in Mount Clemens in an attempt to locate Jones, Wickersham said. Instead, they witnessed the woman exiting a home carrying a rifle. She has been identified as Jones' fiancee.

Randy James Mahaffey

"It is believed that the rifle was the one used in the shooting, and the fiancee was in the process of discarding the evidence," Wickersham said in the statement.

Mahaffey was taken into custody Wednesday evening after police identified alleged falsehoods in his original statement, Wickersham said.

"He was originally at the apartment when the shooting occurred and the accounts that he provided to us, we were able to find evidence and other witnesses that contradicted what he told us," Wickersham said.

Anyone with further information about the incident is asked to call the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office at (586) 307-9412.

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Staff Writer James David Dickson contributed.