20-year-old charged in murder of lottery winner, 86
Detroit — A 20-year-old Detroit man has been charged in connection with the killing of an 86-year-old whose family said he’d recently hit the lottery for $20,000.
The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office has charged Quanzell Alonzo Hood with one count of first-degree murder and felony murder. He is expected to be arraigned on Saturday in Romulus.
Arthur Neal’s body, riddled with multiple stab wounds, was found Sunday in an abandoned northwest Detroit house. He had been missing since Dec. 20.
“It is alleged that Hood knew the victim, believed the victim was in possession of a sum of money and that Hood beat the victim to death during the larceny or attempted larceny of that money,” the prosecutor’s office said in a statement Friday.
The day before he disappeared, Neal won $20,000 in the Michigan Lottery, his family said. But there’s no record of him ever cashing a lottery ticket, police and lottery officials said.
Mike Payne, who described himself as Neal’s best friend, said he hadn’t heard of any lottery winnings.
“I spent every day with him, and I would think he’d have told me,” said Payne, 65, who worked construction jobs with Neal.
Payne described Neal as a “nice guy who also made some enemies. He was kind of strange; he used to hide cash in his house, but it wouldn’t be in places you’d think. He’d have money in the trash can, or in the barbecue grill. He was an interesting character.”
Detroit News Staff Writer Candice Williams contributed.