FLINT, MI – A jury today found a 20-year-old Flint man guilty of felony murder in the 2017 shooting death of a 63-year-old man after breaking into the victim’s home on Flint’s east side.
Three co-defendants were convicted of lesser crimes while a fifth defendant in the case previously pleaded guilty to second degree murder and several other felonies.
Jordan William Alexander was found guilty of felony murder, first degree home invasion, conspiracy to commit first degree home invasion, assault with intent to rob while armed, armed robbery, and five related counts of felony firearm for breaking into the home of Albert Lee Ballard and shooting him to death in the early morning hours of July 11, 2017.
Zicary Lamar Carpenter, 22-years-old, was found guilty of armed robbery, home invasion first degree, conspiracy to commit home invasion, and three counts of felony firearm.
Tyler Jameil Pagel, 19-years-old, was found guilty of armed robbery, home invasion first degree, and conspiracy to commit home invasion.
Joshua Jeremiah Eubanks, 22-years-old, was found guilty of home invasion first degree and conspiracy to commit home invasion.
Dre Shavon Jones, 20-years-old, pleaded guilty in August 2018 of second degree murder, three counts of felony firearm, two counts of first-degree home invasion, armed robbery and assault with intent to rob while armed for his role in the incident. As part of his plea agreement, Jones provided truthful testimony in the trial against the other four and will be sentenced to a minimum term of 27 years in prison.
According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, police were dispatched to Cumberland Street near Dort Highway and Longway Boulevard around 5:00 a.m. after reports of gunfire were called into 9-1-1. When police arrived on the scene, they found Ballard with a single gunshot wound to his chest. Ballard’s wife was also present in the home.
Testimony revealed Ballard was asleep on a couch on the first floor of his home when the group of five entered the house through an unlocked front door. Once inside the house, Ballard was held at gunpoint by Carpenter and ordered to give them all of his money.
Pagel began to leave the home with Ballard’s television set and Alexander, Eubanks, and Jones went to the second floor of the home where Ballard’s wife was sleeping. She was struck in the face with a gun and instructed to hand over her money.
At this time, Ballard retrieved a gun he kept in a kitchen cupboard and Pagel dropped the television and ran out of the house. Ballard then shot Carpenter in the chest. After being shot, Carpenter ran out of the house and he and Pagel fled the scene together in a vehicle.
After shooting Carpenter, Ballard then ran upstairs to protect his wife where he struggled with Alexander and several rounds of gunfire rang out. One of the bullets struck Ballard and he was later pronounced dead.
While enroute to the scene, police came upon a two vehicle car crash at Vernon and Court Streets, less than a mile from the reported location of the gunfire. Two passengers in one of the vehicles involved were Carpenter and Pagel. Carpenter was found to have a fresh gunshot wound to his chest and was taken to Hurley Medical Center. Pagel, Eubanks and Alexander were arrested that morning and Jones was apprehended about a week later.
“Justice has been served in a court of law and these defendants will be sentenced to prison for their acts,” said Prosecutor Leyton after the verdict was read. “We felt all five of the defendants in this case were guilty of murder and we did our best to present that to the jury,” said Prosecutor David Leyton.
“These defendants broke into the victims’ home together as one group, not as individuals, and armed with loaded firearms they conspired to commit robbery, they did so, and the homeowner was shot and killed in the process,” he said. “Unfortunately, the jury did not see it that way and we must respect their verdict,” he said.
“The tragedy suffered by Mr. and Mrs. Ballard is everyone’s worst nightmare,” he continued. “As I stated at the outset of this case, all of us should be able to feel safe and secure in our own homes without fear of having to confront thugs breaking in to rob us and do us harm,” he said.