Shortly after 41-year-old Daushawn Guthridge of Flint, Mich., was shot dead in July 2019, someone provided a recording of a PlayStation basketball game that helped solve the case, according to authorities.
“He was playing the game with several people in a party chat on the game system,” said the tipster, according to a complaint. “I have a short clip that proves that I just want justice to be served…His gamer tag is shawn4uall…We heard all the arguments, and further gun shots. I hope this video helps. The conflict starts at the 25-second mark.”
According to MLive, the complaint was unsealed Monday. A copy was uploaded online by Law & Crime, which reported that a man named Darel King “was charged with one count each of knowingly and unlawfully affecting commerce by robbery and knowingly using a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence in which he used a firearm to commit murder.”
Dustin Hurt, a special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives revealed in the complaint that the video helped link King to Guthridge’s death. He alleged that King robbed a man before killing him. In the complaint, that man is referred to as “Victim-1.”
“I make this affidavit from personal knowledge based on my participation in this investigation, my review of reports and other materials prepared by those who have personal knowledge of the events and circumstances described herein, and information gained through my training and experience,” said Hurt.
Another victim, a woman identified as “Victim-2” used her body to shield Guthridge’s nine-year-old as King fired at Guthridge. She was left with multiple gunshot wounds and later said she recognized King’s voice from the PlayStation recording.
King was arrested on a state arrest warrant for charges related to the July 10, 2019 murder in 2020. However, the case was dismissed in May 2021 after a court hearing.
“During the hearing the state prosecutor indicated that the state intended to re-issue the case immediately,” said Hurt. “Later on the same day as the hearing, King was released from custody,” and he was arrested again that October in Nevada on federal charges for another crime.
“As part of the investigation, law enforcement conducted an interview with a person identified here as Person-5,” who recognized King’s voice from the PlayStation recording. Another person familiar with King’s voice also recognized it from the recording, Hurt said.
Guthridge attended Henry Ford High School in Detroit and Job Corp in Ohio as well as Mott Community College in Flint, per his obituary.
“He was a free-spirited person who loved life and his family, especially his children,” it said. “He loved to be around people who he knew loved him, but most of all he loved being around his children. If he went a week without seeing them everyone knew about it because that’s all he would talk about.”