Decision On Charges Expected In Hamtramck Women’s Murders
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DETROIT (WWJ) - UPDATE: Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said five people will be charged in connection with the disappearance and murders of 18-year-old Abreeya Brown and 22-year-old Ashley Conaway. Read more, here.
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy is expected to reveal whether her office will bring charges in the slayings of two Hamtramck women.
The Prosecutor’s Office said a news conference is planned for 9 a.m. Saturday at Hamtramck City Hall.
Witnesses say close friends and roommates 18-year-old Abreeya Brown and 22-year-old Ashley Conaway were forced into a car trunk at gunpoint in late February after being abducted from their Hamtramck home. Their bodies were found almost a month later in shallow graves in a wooded area near Six Mile and Telegraph in Detroit.
Two men, Brandon Cain and Brian Lee, are charged with attempted murder for shooting at the two women in an incident prior to their kidnapping. They are expected back in court next week on those charges.
Cain and Lee also are under investigation for the abduction and murder of Brown and Conaway.
During a preliminary exam that began last week, witness Andre Douglas, who was originally believed to be involved but was later cleared of any wrong doing, took the stand. He told the court he saw Lee and Cain talking to the two victims on February 8. He said Cain told the women not to drive off or else Lee would shoot. He said the girls then started to pull away.
Police believe the men later kidnapped and killed Conaway and Brown when they threatened to tell police what happened.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Hamtramck Police at 313-876-7803 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP, online at www.1800speakup.org or text “CSM” and your tip to CRIMES (274637). The reward for tips leading to an arrest is over $35,000.
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