Two suburban teens charged with murder of missing River Rouge man found in Detroit

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DETROIT (WWJ) -- Two teenagers from Wayne County's Ecorse and River Rouge have been charged as adults with the murder of a young man whose body was found in Detroit.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy on Tuesday announced the case against 17-year-old Marcell Carter, of River Rouge, and 15-year-old Dshaun Miller, of Ecorse, in connection with the deadly shooting late last year.

Officials said the victim, 21-year-old Jonai Harrison of River Rouge, was reported missing by his family on Dec. 9, 2022.

On Dec. 22, River Rouge Police officers responded to the area of West Pleasant and I-75 in Detroit to discover Harrison dead, with multiple gunshot wounds to his neck and body.

It is alleged, according to processors, that Carter and Miller fatally shot Harrison on Dec. 8, then moved his lifeless body to the location where it was found.

An investigation by Detroit Police, Ecorse Police and River Rouge Police then led to the teens' arrests in January.

It's unclear if or how the alleged killers were acquainted with Harrison. Officials have not released any information about a possible motive, saying that further facts and evidence will come out at the preliminary examination.

Carter is charged with one count of Felony Murder, while Miller has been charged with one count of Felony Murder and one count of Felony Firearm.

They were arraigned on in 36th District Court Tuesday, and were remanded to jail without bond. The defendants' next court hearing, a probable cause conference is scheduled for Feb. 28.

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