Southfield artist arraigned in crash that left 1 dead
Detroit — A Southfield artist was arraigned Thursday after he allegedly drove drunk in a car crash that left a passenger dead this month, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office announced.
Marcus Oman Glenn, 48, is charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol causing death, officials said in a statement. He was arraigned before Magistrate Bari-Blake Wood and received a bond of $75,000, 10 percent.
The artist is due back in court March 3 for a probable cause conference and again March 10 for a preliminary examination, said Maria Miller, spokeswoman for the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.
Glenn allegedly was drinking when crashed into a guardrail around 11:15 p.m. Feb. 4 at West Jefferson and Griswold in Detroit, according to the prosecutor’s office. Also inside the vehicle at the time were the artist’s wife and another passenger named Hatta Olivia Funches, 44, officials said.
Funches was taken to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Glenn is described on the website for Southfield’s Park West Gallery as “one of the most exciting young artists to emerge in recent years” whose artwork has been sold in 67 countries.
Some of his work has adorned Southfield’s Beans & Cornbread and They Say Restaurant in Detroit. Another painting was in a permanent collection at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, according to Park West Gallery.
Gallery officials also said Glenn became the first African-American and the youngest cartoonist in The Detroit News with his comic strip, “Double Trouble.”
The artist attended Redford High School and dropped out of the College for Creative Studies to work in Chrysler plants, he previously told The News.
Glenn’s textured work gained even more notice in 2014, after Grammy Awards officials asked him to create a canvas for the 56th annual ceremonies. “One Nite Outta This World,” which featured an old gramophone ringed by an endless, spiraling piano keyboard, was to appear on the official poster, program book and tickets.