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4 Detroit Men Charged in Federal Court in a Murder for Hire Plot

MUSKEGON COUNTY, MI – Four Detroit men have been charged in federal court in a murder for hire plot of a western Michigan man was shot and killed while sitting at a traffic light.

Deangelo Pippen, 38-years-old, of Roosevelt Park and Detroit was shot as he sat in his car at a traffic light at the intersection of Norton Avenue and Henry Street on the night of December 29th, 2016. He managed to drive away after being fired upon but his car ended up crashing into a garage in Muskegon Heights.

Pippen had moved from Detroit to Roosevelt Park shortly before the shooting.

Police believe that Pippen, who was alone in his car, was targeted. They also believe he was shot by someone in another vehicle while both were in the eastbound lanes of Norton Avenue.

An indictment unsealed in Detroit federal court Thursday described the murder-for-hire plot. The four men are charged with four federal crimes, including conspiracy.

The four individuals charged are:

  • Dwight Williams, 36-years-old, of Detroit. He’s also known as “White” and “Woody.”
  • Michael Davis, 33-years-old,, of Detroit. His aliases are “Cain,” “Novacaine,” and “Killa.”
  • Christopher Davis, 21-years-old,, of Detroit. He’s also known as “Dunna Traum.”
  • David Allen, 44-years-old,, of Detroit. He also is known as “Dirt.”

All four men have been charged with murder for hire resulting in death, conspiracy to commit murder for hire resulting in death, and use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence resulting in death.

If convicted, they are all facing life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, Michigan State Police, Muskegon Heights Police, Detroit police, Muskegon Major Crime Initiative, West Michigan Drug Enforcement Team, Michigan Intelligence Operations Center, United States Secret Service, and the Muskegon County Prosecutor’s Office worked together in this case.

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