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Man, teen charged with killing sleeping boy, 8

DETROIT (AP) - A man and a teenager have been charged with first-degree murder in the killing of an 8-year-old Detroit boy who was struck by a bullet as he was sleeping, prosecutors said Monday.

Calvin Mosby, 28, and Devaunte Starks, 17, were arraigned Monday and jailed without bond. They also face attempted murder and firearms charges and are scheduled to return to court Aug. 13 for a probable cause hearing. It wasn't immediately known if they have lawyers.

Jakari Pearson was shot about 1:20 a.m. Wednesday at the Brewster Homes public housing project north of downtown Detroit. The bullet that hit him penetrated a wall at the residence.

8-Year-Old Boy Shot And Killed While Sleeping In His Bed

Prosecutors have described it as a retaliatory shooting. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy says Mosby used to date Jakari's mother and went to the housing project to threaten her the previous day.

Jakari's slaying follows the July 1 shooting death of a 2-year-old girl in Inkster, southwest of Detroit. Police in that case have said KaMiya Gross was killed in front of her father as retaliation from an earlier shooting. Two men are charged in her death.

"Nothing is sacred anymore," Worthy said in a statement. "This is the second such incident in a few weeks in which a young child was allegedly deliberately and callously killed to get back at their parent. It is troubling on multiple levels and illustrates how wildly out of control crime is in Wayne County."

Michigan mandates life in prison without the possibility of parole for first-degree murder. However, Starks, who is charged as an adult, could receive a sentence with parole as a possibility if convicted because he is younger than 18. The U.S. Supreme Court has required that judges be allowed to permit parole when a convict is younger than 18.

The Brewster Homes are two- and three-bedroom attached townhouses. Jakari and his mother lived in a corner unit, and he often was out in the yards and parking lot playing baseball with friends, neighbors said. The boy was to enter the fourth grade at Spain Elementary this year.

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supermolar August 04 2014 at 7:33 PM

when you pay single , teenage welfare mothers to have kids-this is what you get. If America is unwilling to face/deal with this simple fact then we can expect much more of this kind of behavior.

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lakota6020 August 04 2014 at 6:54 PM

Everything that the government operates turns into a ghetto.

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pooleconsulting August 04 2014 at 8:08 PM

They are maggots that feed on society. They are too lazy to work and depend on working class people to eat or get a fix. These maggots need to be stepped on until the air is gone from their worthless bodies...just me !!

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prnyl August 04 2014 at 7:22 PM

Another black on black crime- blacks and hispanics committ in excess of 90% of the VIOLENT crime in America- most of it in inner city regions of towns like Detroit!!!

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JOSE--USMC--0311 August 05 2014 at 2:29 AM


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Patty JOSE--USMC--0311 August 05 2014 at 11:41 AM

nope, no shows till white boy pulls the trigger.

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arnold.smith2027 August 04 2014 at 7:44 PM

There is absolutely no excuse or reasoning for thugs killing a child whether intentional or not.

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savannahswithgod arnold.smith2027 August 04 2014 at 7:51 PM

There aint even an excuse for killing another thug! Wait, was he trying to kill you?

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thescot August 04 2014 at 8:05 PM

It appears that the revs al and jess with not be coming to have a candlelit ceremony for this poor child.

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quincy_maxwell August 04 2014 at 6:52 PM

A retaliatory shooting for what? Because he was dumped by the mother? Sheesh.....wtf is wrong with men like this that can't move on?

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thorrsman quincy_maxwell August 04 2014 at 8:14 PM

Maybe she took up with a banger in a rival gang.

Among those kind of folk, that is always a death sentence.

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Dan quincy_maxwell August 05 2014 at 11:39 AM

All guys may tend to have angry, even hateful feelings toward a gal who dumps them but we just move on and don't try to shoot the B***h. But those brainwashed with gang-mentality don't think sensibly and nothing will deter such stupid crimes. ♣

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moebrit August 05 2014 at 8:34 AM

I wish politicans were as concerned about the youth in inner cities as they are with illegals entering our country!
Illegal children are supposed to be fleeing to this country to avoid gangs, well welcome to the real world, you may be killed here!
This child should have been safe in his home, his loss is sad!

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Linda moebrit August 05 2014 at 10:59 AM

Well said.

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donahuepapad123 August 04 2014 at 7:29 PM

time to fill the walls with sand ? and put sand bags around your bed ?

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savannahswithgod donahuepapad123 August 04 2014 at 7:49 PM

Gee you better catch you an Abrams tank on E-bay, that other stuff aint going to do it!

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