Women linked to teen’s shooting death arraigned

Candice Williams
The Detroit News
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Two women were arraigned Wednesday in 36th District Court in connection with the shooting death of a 17-year-old high school student on Detroit’s west side.

Sharnea Diamond McCoy, 21, and Erica Italy Osburn, 25, are charged with first-degree murder and felony firearm in the death of Reginald Ramone Robinson on Feb. 24. Each faces up to life in prison without parole.

Erica Italy Osburn

A not-guilty plea was entered for each Wednesday afternoon during a video arraignment in which neither showed much emotion. Both were returned to the Wayne County Jail.

Sharnea Diamond McCoy

According to police, officers were dispatched to a shooting at 6:24 p.m. Feb. 24 in the 12000 block of Plymouth where they found Robinson in the street.

“It is alleged that the decedent was fatally shot by defendant Erica Italy Osburn, who was a passenger in a vehicle driven by defendant Sharnea Diamond McCoy,” Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement. “It is further alleged that earlier in the day the defendant McCoy and Robinson had a heated exchange while she was in the store.”

Reginald Ramone Robinson

Following the arraignment, Robinson’s family, including his two mothers, Latrice and Taquanda Foster, consoled each other outside the courthouse.

“I just got numb,” Taquanda Foster said of seeing the defendants during the arraignment. “They took my baby and they aren’t remorseful at all.”

Latrice Foster said that prior to the shooting, her son was among others who overheard and laughed at a comment another male made about one of the defendants at a store. As a result, her son was targeted, she said.

“When did laughing become a reason to take somebody’s life?” Latrice Foster said.

According to authorities, as the youths walked on the street after the encounter “an unknown suspect riding inside of a black SUV fired shots.”

Robinson was struck and pronounced dead at the scene. A friend walking with him was not hurt.

Family describes Robinson as a good kid who loved basketball. He also had a big role in the family of mostly women.

“He was the tallest out of all the family,” Latrice Foster said. “He was the protector, always watching over us.”

McCoy and Osburn are scheduled to return to court March 8 for a probable-cause hearing and March 15 for a preliminary examination. Both appearances will be before Judge Deborah Lewis Langston.

cwilliams@detroitnews.com

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