Man facing 2nd Degree Murder in hit and run death of 8-year-old Kamari Smith

DETROIT (WXYZ) - The man who is facing a 2nd Degree Murder charge - in connection to the hit and run death of 8-year-old Kamari Smith - appeared in court Friday.

23-year old Cortney Shields is accused of hitting Kamari with his vehicle and taking off from the scene on May 19.

Kamari was at the corner of Robson and Eaton streets on Detroit's west side buying ice cream. After she bought it, witnesses say a silver Dodge Charger came barreling through striking Kamari.  

A witness testified; "I hear a thump like...  and I heard a lady say something outside the truck and I turned around and the only thing I could see was little Kamari landed on the hood of the car… and then the car slowed down a little bit and then took on off. "

Kamari died six days later at Children's Hospital.

None of the witnesses testifying on Friday could positively identify Shields as the driver.

A second defendant, 18-year-old Leonard Crosby is charged as an accessory after the fact.

He waived his right to a preliminary hearing and will be arraigned on July 25.

It came out in court that the Charger was actually rented to Leonard Crosby, but police believe Shields was driving. Witnesses testified that there appeared to be only one person in the car.

Shields will be back in court next Thursday morning at 11.

Crosby will be back in court next Friday morning at 9.

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