A Wayne County jury has convicted a 21-year-old Detroit man who was charged in connection with the shooting of a 36-year-old transgender woman last winter.
On Tuesday morning, the jury found Charles Brown guilty of assault with intent to murder, armed robbery, felony firearm and other charges.
Brown will be sentenced on May 22 in front of Judge Vonda Evans.
With regard to Charles Brown’s conviction, Fair Michigan President Dana Nessel said, “We are thankful to Judge Roberson and the jury for their swift and fair conviction of the defendant for his horrific crimes. For too many years, the LGBTQ community has been the target of criminal activity, and too often justice has been denied. By convicting criminals like Charles Brown, the Fair Michigan Justice Project provides a means to change this pattern. We are proud to be an LGBTQ community resource in the fight against violent crime.”
In the early morning hours of Nov. 17, Chocolate was robbed and shot near Palmer Park. The victim was walking on Woodward Avenue near Worcester Street when an SUV, a red GMC Yukon, pulled up alongside her.
Suddenly, two men stepped out of the vehicle while a third remained inside. According to the victim’s statement and video footage conveniently captured by Project Green Light cameras, the men, later identified as Jujuan Alexon Williams, 19, and Charles Marion Brown, 21, demanded Chocolate throw her belongings down and run away. While she was running, Brown opened fire on her with a rifle. She was shot four times in the back and arm.
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