Man out on bond is charged with killing girlfriend, man in Harper Woods

The Detroit News

Harper Woods, Mich. — A man charged with attacking his girlfriend in June now is accused of killing her and another man, two days after he posted bond and was released from jail.

“This is the court’s worst nightmare. … The witness has been killed after the defendant was placed on bond, given the benefit of being placed on bond with house arrest,” Judge Kenneth King said Wednesday.

Police respond to a home on the 20600 block of Kenosha in Harper Woods for a barricaded gunman situation involving shots fired at police, Michigan State Police said Sunday night.

Magistrate Dawn White set a $100,000 bond for Jonathan Welch when he was charged in June with assault and other crimes in Detroit.

Welch, 23, was released from the Wayne County jail last week and ordered to wear an electronic tether after a bail agency provided 10% of the bond amount.

He also had been ordered to live with his mother in Harper Woods, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office. The Prosecutor's Office also said that it intended to argue for higher bond at Welch's preliminary examination that was scheduled for Aug. 4.

On Sunday, Zlayiah Frazier, 22, of Roseville and Robert Bray Jr., 70, were killed at the Harper Woods home, police said. Welch’s mother was stabbed in the back.

A standoff with police lasted seven hours. When police were setting up a perimeter outside the home, they found the defendant's 1-year-old son in the backyard and took him to a hospital for evaluation.

The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office has charged Welch with two counts of first-degree murder, four counts of assault with intent to murder, one count of second-degree arson, seven counts of felonious assault, and six counts of felony firearm, and he was remanded to jail without bond at his arraignment.

His probable cause hearing is scheduled for July 20 and a preliminary exam for July 27, both before Judge Rebekah Coleman.

There was no immediate comment from his attorney.

Associated Press contributed.