DETROIT, MI – Devon Robinson, a Detroit man, will spend the rest of his life in prison, without the possibility of parole, after he was convicted of murdering three members of the LGBTQ community.
On Thursday June 6th, 2019, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, with the assistance of the Fair Michigan Justice Project (FMJP), charged Devon Robinson, 19-years-old, of Detroit, in connection with the killing of three members of Detroit’s LGBTQ community.
Prosecutors charged Robinson with three counts of first-degree murder, two counts of assault with intent to murder, and five counts of the use of a firearm in connection with a felony. Robinson was convicted as charged and sentenced on Tuesday June 30th, 2020, to three terms of life in prison without parole for first degree murder, 10 to 20 years for each count of assault with intent to murder, and two years consecutively for felony firearm.
It is alleged that, on Saturday May 25th, 2019, Robinson shot and killed Alunte Davis, 21-years-old, Paris Cameron, 20-years-old, and Timothy Blancher, 20-years-old, all of Detroit, inside a home on Devonshire on Detroit’s east side.
Davis and Blancher were gay men, and Cameron was a transgender woman. Prosecutors also alleged Robinson shot and wounded two additional victims who have survived their injuries.
From May 25th to June 5th, 2019, an investigation by Detroit Police officers led to Robinson’s arrest on June 5th, 2019.
The case was successfully prosecuted by Special Prosecutor Jaimie Powell Horowitz of the FMJP, which is a 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.
Prosecutor Worthy said, “We are pleased that justice has been served in this
case. The defendant’s actions were disturbing on so many levels, but the fact that this happened during Pride Month adds salt into the wound. We will continue to be vigilant in our fight to eradicate hate in Wayne County and beyond.”
Fair Michigan President Alanna Maguire said, “Devon Robinson murdered three members of Detroit’s LGBTQ community in cold blood, and wounded two others.
Fair Michigan applauds the Detroit Police Department, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Fair Michigan Justice Project team for bringing this murderer to justice. This conviction and life-in-prison sentence sends a clear message that crimes against our community can result in maximum penalties under the law.”
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