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Detroit teen death suspect charged in earlier robbery

The Detroit News

Detroit — A 19-year-old Detroit man charged with fatally shooting a 16-year-old on Christmas Day had robbed a woman at gunpoint earlier last week, according to charges filed Monday.

Dwayne Sharper Jr. was arraigned in Wayne County Circuit Court before Judge Cynthia Hathaway on charges of manslaughter, plus charges of felony firearm and possession of a stolen firearm in the Thursday shooting of Bernard Walker.

Authorities allege Sharper, Walker and a 17-year-old were in a house in the 4100 block of Virginia Park when a revolver that Sharper was handling discharged. Walker was struck in the head and died the next day at Henry Ford Hospital.

Police said initially the teens were playing with the gun.

Sharper also was arraigned on charges of armed robbery, felony firearm, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a stolen firearm in a separate case, the Dec. 22 robbery.

Authorities allege Sharper robbed the woman at gunpoint, taking cash and personal property while she was in the driveway of her home on Virginia Park.

The home was separate from the place where Walker, a 10th-grader who attended Allen Academy in Detroit, was shot.

A docket conference was scheduled for both cases at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 7 before Judge Timothy Kenny.

Judge Cynthia Hathaway remanded Sharper to jail until Jan. 7, to allow time for a defendant screening unit report to be prepared by the Probation Department for assessing bond.

Attorney William Winters III was appointed to represent Sharper in both cases.

Winters said his client “maintains his innocence.”

Associated Press contributed.