River Rouge woman, 30, charged in fatal shooting of Ohio man

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

A River Rouge woman accused of shooting an Ohio man last weekend has been charged in his death, officials said.

Theresa Imani Bragg, 30, was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder and a count of felony firearm, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office. Bragg was arraigned on the charges in 25th District Court in Lincoln Park. 

A judge ordered her held without bail and scheduled a probable cause hearing for May 18, according to court records.

If convicted, Bragg faces up to life in prison for the murder charge.

Authorities accuse Bragg of shooting and killing John Laverette, 26, her estranged boyfriend, on Sunday. 

Police said officers were called at about 4:15 p.m. Sunday to a home in the 20 block of Linden near West Jefferson and Coolidge Highway in River Rouge for a shooting.

Officers went inside the home where they found Laverette unresponsive on the floor with multiple gunshot wounds. They arrested Bragg. 

Medics took the man to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Investigators said they believe Bragg and the victim argued over the two children they had in common. The children were not present in the home at the time.

The argument escalated and Bragg shot Laverette, according to police.


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