3 Charged In Detroit Princess Riverboat Shooting

DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Authorities have filed charges against three people in a shooting that began with an argument on a Detroit River cruise boat.

Bond was set at $5 million bond Monday for Latoiya Mitchell-Thomas, 28, was charged with attempted murder and other crimes including weapons charges. Six people were wounded. Her husband, 31-year-old Michael Thomas, was charged with assault.

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Latoiya Mitchell-Thomas

The Wayne County prosecutor’s office said the couple had a fight with a woman aboard the Detroit Princess on Aug. 6. Authorities said Mitchell-Thomas fired into a crowd from a car when everyone had returned to shore.

A third person, 46-year-old LaDon Richard, is charged with attempted murder for shooting at Thomas.

Prosecutor Kym Worthy defended the length of the six-week investigation.

“Real life cases with real life consequences are not wrapped up in 44 minute crime episodes,” Worthy said in a statement. “After a thorough examination of the case, we have charged three  people with a total of 30 criminal counts.”

Following arraignment for Mitchell-Thomas in 36th District Court, her attorney, Byron Pitts, said he plans to contest his client’s bond.

“I think the bond does not commensurate with the Michigan court rules,” Pitts told reporters. “My client is not a flight risk. My client was a victim in this particular matter. My client has turned herself in to the authorities twice.”

Richard was also arraigned Monday.  Thomas will be arraigned at a later date.

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