WARREN, Mich. (WXYZ) — The Warren Police Department says it plans to seek the death penalty for the person or people behind the triple murder of a local family.
According to Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer, DPD officers did a wellness check at the home on Otis in Warren around 10 a.m. Thursday. The front door was open, but there was no sign of a forced entry.
That’s when police discovered the bodies of a 6-year-old boy and a 28-year-old woman, both fatally shot execution-style in the basement, Dwyer said.
Detroit police are working with Warren PD after it was confirmed the 6-year-old victim was the son of the 31-year-old man whose body was found in a burned out vehicle overnight Thursday on Detroit’s east side. The 28-year-old woman is the girlfriend, police confirmed.
According to Detroit Major Crimes Commander Eric Decker, officers responded to the vehicle fire report around 2 a.m. Further investigation revealed the vehicle was a rental car, which was then used to identify the 31-year-old victim and trace his connection to the home in Warren.
The man’s initial cause of death was from a gunshot wound. The vehicle was burned after the shooting.
Dwyer said the department has secured video from around the Otis Avenue neighborhood, which will be later released.
Authorities have also executed a search warrant on the home and have recovered evidence to test for possible suspect identification.
Federal agents are being asked to join the investigation as Warren PD anticipates seeking the death penalty in the case.
“When you murder an innocent 6-year-old baby, you deserve the death penalty.” Dwyer said. “It was a terrible, terrible scene. Very difficult for the officers who had to process the scene.”
Right now, police say it is possible the victims knew the suspect(s), and there is a possibility the motive may be narcotics-related.
“Let’s bring justice to the family,” Dwyer said.
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