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by the associated press • Jul 13, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Gay man slain, another wounded after contacted on dating app

DETROIT (AP) — A 26-year-old Detroit man has been charged in an attempted robbery and shooting that left one gay man dead and another wounded after they were contacted through a dating app.

Demetris Nelson was arraigned Friday on charges of first-degree murder, felony murder, assault and using a firearm during a felony.

The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office said 31-year-old Brian Anderson was fatally shot last Saturday and 26-year-old Malcolm Drake was critically wounded. Prosecutors said they were targeted because of their sexual orientations and contacted using the Grindr dating app.

A special prosecutor with the Fair Michigan Justice Project was assigned to the case. The project helps Michigan law enforcement officers and prosecutors solve serious crimes against gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Nelson was ordered jailed pending a July 26 probable-cause conference.

Man charged in shootings of 2 adults, assaults on 2 children

DETROIT (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a 24-year-old Detroit man with shooting and wounding another man and a woman, stabbing an 8-year-old boy, and punching his own 3-year-old daughter.

The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office said Daryl Edwards was arraigned Friday on charges of assault with intent to murder, assault and home invasion.

Authorities allege that Edwards carried out the attacks Tuesday in a home on Detroit's west side. A 39-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman were found shot. The woman's 8-year-old son had been stabbed. Edwards' daughter he shares with the woman suffered an injury to her nose.

An 11-year-old boy was able to flee the home and call police.

Prosecutor Kym Worthy described the woman as Edwards' ex-girlfriend.

Edwards is jailed and faces a July 19 probable-cause conference.

Wife, husband dead in murder-suicide outside nursing home

SAULT STE. MARIE (AP) — A man and his wife were found dead after a murder-suicide outside a nursing home in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, police said.

Sault Ste. Marie police said the bodies and a gun were on the grass Thursday outside MediLodge. The woman was living at MediLodge, which provides long-term care and short-term rehabilitation services.

No other details were released.

Detroit police board member arrested at raucous meeting

DETROIT (AP) — A member of the Detroit Board of Police Commissioners was arrested at a raucous meeting after being warned to stop interrupting the proceedings.

Shortly after Thursday's meeting started, Lisa Carter was sworn in as the board's chairwoman and Commissioner Willie Burton asked what she would do differently than the past chairman. Carter told Burton multiple times he was "out of order," and officers surrounded Burton and handcuffed him.

Police said Burton was arrested for disorderly conduct. He was released on bail. He said his arrest was a "disservice" to the public.

Some at the meeting were wearing masks in protest of a proposal to use facial recognition software, but Carter said the board held off on the issue as police iron out details.

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