DETROIT, MI – Two men from Detroit faced a judge today, Friday July 19th, 2019, where both were arraigned on charges of First Degree Murder, Carjacking, Unlawful Imprisonment, and Felony Firearm in the murder of a Detroit Gay Man.
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, with the assistance of the Fair Michigan Justice Project (FMJP), has charged Anthony Brock, 28-years-old, and Darnell Wilson, 30-years-old, both of Detroit, with first-degree murder and other crimes in the killing of Diano Johnson, a gay Detroit man.
Prosecutors charged Brock and Wilson with one count each of First Degree Murder, Felony Murder, Armed Robbery, Carjacking, Unlawful Imprisonment, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and six counts Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony. Brock will also be charged with Arson for allegedly setting Johnson’s car on fire.
On June 19, 2019, Brock arranged to meet Johnson after the pair met on Facebook. It is alleged that Brock locked Johnson in the trunk of Johnson’s car and picked up Wilson. It is further alleged that the two men obtained a firearm and drove Johnson to an east-side location, where they dragged him from the car and shot him multiple times. The following morning, Brock allegedly set Johnson’s car on fire, burning his legs in the process.
Detroit Police officers discovered Johnson’s body on June 21, 2019. The investigation by the Detroit Police department resulted in the arrest of Brock on June 25, 2019, and Wilson on July 12, 2019.
The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office assigned the case to Special Prosecutor Jaimie Powell Horowitz of the FMJP, which is collaboration between the Prosecutor’s Office and Fair Michigan Foundation, Inc. FMJP is a program that assists Michigan law enforcement officers and prosecutors in solving serious crimes against lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender persons. This is the second FMJP case in three days. On Thursday, prosecutors charged Demetris Nelson with the murder of one gay man and assault with the intent to murder another.
Fair Michigan President Alanna Maguire said, “When members of Detroit’s LGBTQ community are targets of violence, the Fair Michigan Justice Project is ready to vigorously prosecute these cases. These horrifying allegations demonstrate the ongoing need for determined efforts to bring justice for all.”
The defendants were arraigned this morning before 36th District Court Magistrate Jeffrey Kleparek. The Probable Cause Conferences are scheduled for August 2, 2019 at 8:30 a.m.; the Preliminary Examinations are scheduled for August 9, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. The hearings are before Judge Michael Wagner in 36th District Court. Both defendants were remanded to jail.