LANSING, MI (WILX) - A second suspect has been identified in the homicide investigation of Taijion Gant on August 5 at Ferris Park in Lansing, says Lansing Police Department PIO Robert Merritt.
Charges were issued to Malcom Alexander Williams, a 23-year-old from Lansing on Monday, August 19.
Lansing Police say that on Tuesday, August 20, he turned himself in without incident.
Williams was arraigned in 54-A District Court on the following charges:
Count 1: Homicide – Open Murder
Count 2: Assault with Intent to Murder
Count 3: Weapons – Felony Firearm
Count 4: Weapons – Felony Firearm
He was given a $200,000 bond, cash/surety.
His probable cause conference is scheduled for August 29 at 1 p.m.
His preliminary exam is scheduled for September 5 at 8:30 a.m.
On August 9 a 16-year-old was charged as a person of interest in the shooting.
Denzel Duane Gibbons, 19 from Lansing, was charged with:
Count 1: Assault with intent to Murder
Count 2: Weapons – Dangerous Weapons – Carrying with Unlawful Intent
Count 3: Weapons – Carrying Concealed
Count 4: Assault with a Dangerous Weapon – Felonious Assault
Count 5: Weapons – Felony Firearms
Count 6: Weapons – Felony Firearms
Count 7: Weapons – Felony Firearms
He was also given a $100,00 cash/surety bond.
Gibbons is next scheduled in 54-A District court in front of Judge Buchanan on the following dates:
Probable Cause Conference: 8/23/19 @ 8:30 a.m.
Preliminary Exam: 8/30/19 @ 8:30 a.m
Investigators said the incident started when two groups of people got into an argument at the park.
It got physical and then shots were fired. A 16-year-old and 19-year-old were also shot, and Taijion Gant,17, was killed.
Gant's family talked to News 10 and said he was a fun, loving kid.
“Selfish act, senseless act,” said Gant’s grand-mother Gloria Pearl Jones. “I don't want to see any more bloodshed. It has to stop.”
Family and friends held each other tight while crying out in disbelief of the tragedy that cut the teen's life short at a vigil held on August 7.
“It warms my heart to know that so many people loved him because he was a lovable kid, that's just how he was,” Jones said. “He was a fun, loving kid.”
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