Feds: 1993 Detroit Slaying Suspect Arrested
By DAVID RUNK
DETROIT (AP) – A suspect in a fatal shooting more than 20 years ago in Detroit was found living under a different name in Georgia about a month after Detroit police asked a fugitive apprehension team to look into the case, authorities said.
Antonio Deshawn Daniels faces charges including first-degree murder and assault in Detroit, court records show. The U.S. Marshals on Wednesday announced his arrest near Savannah, saying he was wanted for killing one man and wounding another on Aug. 8, 1993.
Daniels, who now is 41, had been living under the alias Martez Deshawn Barnes, the Marshals said. They used fingerprint analysis to confirm his identity.
“Daniels initially denied the allegations and his true identity,” the Marshals said in a statement. “However, after being confronted with a fingerprint analysis, Daniels finally admitted that he was in fact the man they were looking for.”
Daniels had been charged two days after the shooting, according to Wayne County court records. A federal warrant for his arrest issued in August 1993 was retuned in 2002 without him being found, other court records show.
Daniels is awaiting extradition. Robert C. Watson, a spokesman for the Marshals, declined to release the location where he was being held. Daniels will get a lawyer in Georgia if he contests extradition, Watson said. If he agrees to go to Michigan, he will get one in Detroit.
The arrest comes after the Detroit Police Department about a month ago requested the Detroit Fugitive Apprehension Team to review the case. The team includes local, state and federal agencies, including police and sheriff’s departments in the Detroit area.
The team’s investigators developed multiple leads, and one turned up a home where Daniels was believed to have been living. Members of the U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force’s Savannah Division began surveillance and, shortly afterward, took him into custody.
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