Deputies probe gunfire’s link to Pontiac baby’s death
Pontiac — Investigators suspect a weekend shooting in which a 22-year-old woman and infant daughter escaped injury was careless gunfire and possibly “retaliation” for a murder case yet to play out in Pontiac 50th District Court.
The preliminary exam for Damon Honer, 18, charged with first-degree homicide and first-degree child abuse in the Feb. 28 death of his 7-month-old son, Adien Logan, was adjourned Monday. Judge Ronda Fowlkes Gross wanted to give attorneys more time to obtain medical records and prepare for the case and rescheduled it to April 10.
Honer reportedly made statements that Logan’s head accidentally struck a stair railing Feb. 26 in a residence in the 60 block of Leonard. A preliminary autopsy determined Logan died of cranial cerebral trauma; results of more tests won’t be available for two to three weeks.
Assistant prosecutor Chris George told Gross the medical records may determine how witnesses are interviewed in the case, and Gross added the findings are important to Honer’s defense as well.
Honer’s attorney, Judith Gracey, unsuccessfully sought a bond so Honer could get out of jail because of the delay. She told Gross Honer had family support and, beyond a retail fraud conviction, has no criminal history. But Gross denied bond and took exception when Gracey summarized: “This is not a typical homicide case that comes before your honor.”
“Ms. Gracey, with no disrespect, no homicide is typical,” Gross responded from the bench as several of Honer’s supporters wearing “Free My Brother” and “Free My Uncle” T-shirts with his photograph on them looked on.
While not mentioned in court, Oakland County sheriff’s investigators are investigating a Saturday night shooting incident in Pontiac that may be related to the case.
About 8:18 p.m. deputies were dispatched on “shots fired” calls in the Ridgemont Apartment complex in the 160 block of Ridgemont. One tenant said a shooting occurred in the courtyard. Deputies interviewed people who argued with a shooter.
The intended victims told investigators they believe the shooting was in retaliation from family members of the suspect in Adien’s death. The victims — who are related to Honer — also advised deputies they had received threats over social media before the shooting.
Deputies found gunshots had been fired into the front window of an apartment occupied by a 22-year-old woman and a 6-month-old infant with no relation to Honer or the case. No one was wounded or suffered injuries in the incident.
A 21-year-old Pontiac man suspected in the incident is sought for questioning, deputies said.