Detroit — Two men have been convicted in the murder of a well-known city anti-crime crusader.

Carl Bruner and Michael Lawson were convicted early Thursday by a Wayne County jury in the killing of Marcel Jackson, a key member of the crime prevention and crime-fighting community group Detroit 300.

Jackson, 39, was shot to death in June 2012 while working as a security officer at the downtown nightclub Pandemonium in the 400 block of Congress.

The night he was shot, Jackson had reportedly kicked a man out of the club for hitting a woman. The man returned to the bar after closing to allegedly retrieve his cellphone but security guards would not let him back into the club because he refused to be patted down for possible weapons. The man returned with another suspect and fired shots, wounding Jackson in the back. He died at Detroit Receiving Hospital.

Bruner and Lawson were arrested after a two-year investigation.

Jackson, a married father of six, was the owner of the Southfield executive protection agency United Security and Urban Services.

Jackson's widow Hollie said "I'm very relieved. Justice was done."

As part of his efforts fighting crime in the city with Detroit 300, Jackson searched the streets for a man who allegedly raped a 13-year-old girl on Detroit's west side.

Sentencing for Bruner and Lawson is Jan. 5 before Wayne County Circuit County Judge Craig Strong.


Hollie Jackson and her children talk about dealing with the loss of her husband Marcel, who was shot and killed while working security at a Detroit nightclub.

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