Man convicted in Troy’s sole homicide this year

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Charles Anthony Stephens, the 53-year-old man arrested in connection to the only homicide of the year thus far in Troy, was convicted of felony murder on Tuesday, and will be sentenced on Nov. 9.

The homicide took place on March 21 at the Somerset Park Apartments on Golfview in Troy, said Sgt. Meghan Lehman, a spokeswoman with the Troy Police Department.

Police got the call about 5:15 p.m. when the two elementary school-aged children of the victim, a 37-year-old woman, tried to enter the apartment but could not. They asked neighbors to help, but those neighbors were able to see the victim’s body from the outside, and called 911.

Police quickly identified Stephens, who lived with someone at the complex but was not listed as an official resident, as the suspect, and soon put him under surveillance. The department’s surveillance unit arrested him the next day, and he was arraigned on March 23 at 52-4 District Court.

Stephens faces life in prison.