Sentencing Postponed In 2012 Fake Money Murders

PONTIAC (WWJ/AP) – A sentencing hearing for a teenager and his adult accomplice in the shooting deaths of two women in Pontiac has been postponed until next month.

An Oakland County Circuit Court jury in February found 16-year-old Semaj Moran guilty of first-degree murder and 23-year-old Arnold Howard guilty of second-degree murder.

They were to be sentenced on Thursday, but the hearing was postponed to July 25.

Authorities say Loretta Fournier, 52, and Luann Robinson, 58, were shot to death in February 2012 because Moran was upset that he was given a counterfeit $10 bill in exchange for marijuana.

Fournier was shot three times — including once in the back and once in the head at close range — in her first-floor apartment, northwest of downtown Pontiac. Robinson was pushed down the stairs from her second-floor apartment and then shot.

Their bodies were found by police who were asked to check on the two.

Moran, who was 15 at the time of the killings, was charged as an adult.

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