In the second case of homicide against a gay man in three day, 28-year-old Anthony Brock and 30-year-old Darnell Wilson have been charged with first-degree murder and other crimes in the killing of Diano Johnson.
On June 19, Brock arranged to meet Diano Johnson after the two men met on Facebook. Prosecutors say it is alleged that Brock locked Johnson in the trunk of the victim’s car and drove to pick up Wilson. The two suspects then allegedly got a firearm, drove to the city’s east side with Johsnon still in the truck of his own car, where they dragged him from the car and shot him multiple times.
The next morning, Brock allegedly set Johnson’s car on fire, burning his legs in the process, prosecutors say.
Detroit Police officers discovered Johnson’s body on June 21. An investigation by the Detroit Police Department resulted in the arrest of Brock on June 25, 2019 and Wilson on July 12, 2019.
Brock and Wilson were charged with one count each of first degree murder, felony murder, armed robbery, carjacking, unlawful imprisonment, felon in possession of a firearm, and six counts of use of a firearm.
In both cases the murders were planned and executed using social media.
Due to the rise of hate crimes against the community Back2Stonewall advises anyone using social media to “hook-up” to always plan to meet in a public place like a bar or a restaurant first where you can be seen by others and talk before anything else occurs.
PLEASE be diligent and aware of your surroundings and the people you meetup with for your own safety.
In a story that is becoming all to familiar, a 26-year-old man was charged with numerous felonies, including first-degree murder and four firearm counts, for allegedly assaulting two gay men in Detroit, one of whom died. by luring his victims using the gay sex hook-up app GRINDR.
Demetris Nelson used GRINDR to target 31-year-old Brian Anderson and 26-year-old Malcolm Drake focusing on them because of their sexual orientation. During an attempted robbery on July 6, Nelson shot and killed Anderson and critically wounded Drake.
“The allegations are that social media contacts were used to target, contact, rob, fatally shoot one gay man, and seriously wound another gay man,” Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said in a statement. “To some, this will be just another hateful and violent act in America. They will read about this case and continue to go about their day. To me, that is quite tragic.”
The case was assigned to Special Prosecutor Jaimie Powell Horowitz of the Fair Michigan Justice Project (FMJP)
In March of 2019 a Texas man was accused of using GRINDR to lure 9 gay men to a vacant apartment in Dallas where they were beaten, robbed and sexually assaulted.
A Detroit man charged with fatally shooting three people and wounding two others at a Detroit home over Memorial Day weekend which he targeted because they were gay or transgender..
18 year old Devon Robinson, of Detroit, was charged Thursday with three counts of first-degree murder, two counts of assault and weapons charges in the May 25 shooting on the city’s east side,
The shooting killed 21-year-old Alunte Davis, 20-year-old Paris Cameron and 20-year-old Timothy Blancher, all of Detroit. Davis and Blancher were gay men and Cameron was a transgender woman, the prosecutor’s office said.
Prosecutor’s spokeswoman Maria Miller provided the alleged motive in an email Friday but declined to release additional details, saying those would come out later in court. “The allegation is that … the homicide victims were targeted and killed because they were part of the LGBT community.”
“We must remain ever vigilant in our fight to eradicate hate,” prosecutor Kym Worthy said in a separate statement. “The alleged actions of this defendant are disturbing on so many levels, but the fact that this happened during Pride Month adds salt into the wound. “
Alkotait accepted a plea agreement on second-degree murder. Judge Michael Hathaway sentenced Alkotait to 18-20 years in prison in connection of the 2013 robbery, murder and burning of the body of Gavino Rodriguez who was targeted because he was gay.
Judge Michael Hathaway today sentenced Andrew Czarnecki to life + 33 years in prison without the possibility of parole after his conviction of first-degree murder in the 2013 robbery, killing, and burning of Gavino Rodriguez a gay man. Judge Hathaway also sentenced Czarnecki to 11-20 years for armed robbery, and 57 months to 11 years for mutilation of a dead body.
Czarnecki’s co-defendant, Hameer Alkotait, is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on February 6, 2019, and trial on March 6, 2019.
Rodriguez was last known to be alive July 10, 2013, authorities say. His body was found in southwest Detroit.
In sentencing Czarnecki, Hathaway said it “was pretty obvious that this defendant committed and helped someone else commit along the way an unspeakably … horrible crime, so this is not a verdict or sentence that I have any second thoughts or reservations about at all.”
Fair Michigan Foundation President Dana Nessel, Michigan’s attorney general-elect, said in a statement earlier this month, “This conviction in a cold-case murder of a gay man illustrates the Fair Michigan Justice Project’s resolve, in association with the Prosecutor’s Office, to investigate and vigorously prosecute serious crimes against the LGBT community.”
The international espionage (and real -life) film The Interview has been released on-line and in certain Theatres. In the film Dave Skylark (James Franco) sits down for a chat with Eminem who reveals all his homophobic lyrics over the years have just been a way for him to cope with the fact that he’s gay.
Who ever knew we’d run into Robin Hunks at Netroots Nation Detroit.
Both Dominic (left) and Adam (right) were dashingly passing out literature and explaining about The Robin Hood Tax.
What is the Robin Hood Tax?
Simply put, the big idea behind the Robin Hood Tax is to generate hundreds of billions of dollars. That money could provide funding for jobs to kickstart the economy and get America back on its feet. It could help save the social safety net here and around the world. And it will come from fairer taxation of the financial sector with banks, hedge funds and the rest of the financial sector should paying their fair share to clear up the mess they helped create.
This small tax of less than ½ of 1% on Wall Street transactions can generate hundreds of billions of dollars each year in the US alone.
Enough to protect American schools, housing, local governments and hospitals. Enough to pay for lifesaving AIDS medicines. Enough to support people and communities around the world – and deal with the climate challenges we’re facing.
To learn more about The Robin Hood Tax please visit their website at www.RobinHoodTax.ord
And now let is wish a fond and heartfelt hi -dee-ho to Hunky Dominic and Adam of Locksley for a job well done squires.
Shelly aka Treasure Hillard a transgender teen was last seen at 1:20 a.m. on Oct. 23 on Detriot, Michigan’s Eastside wearing a silver dress and had not been seen since
Investigators have now released the news that they have identified a burnt torso found near I-94 on Detroit’s east side as that the missing transgender teens According to The Detroit Free Press on Oct 23rd:
A cab driver that Hilliard often used for rides dropped Hilliard off at a home where three men were waiting for her, his mother, Lyniece Nelson, said today.
But Hilliard immediately called the driver back, voicing concern about the situation, Nelson said.
The driver “started to hear her say, ‘What are you doing,’ then scream out loud ‘No,’ then her phone dropped, a few muffling noises, then the phone went dead,” Nelson said. “By the time he got back around the corner, there was no one in sight.”
The police have only stated at this time that they are looking into the death as a homicide and not a hate crime.
What a horrible news story. When will all this hate and madness stop?
Our sympathies and hearts go out to Shelly Hillard’s family.