HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. – Cash and sunglasses were the motive in the shooting death of a sailor outside a suburban Detroit party store, police said.
Devonne Davis, 25, and Desmond Reaves, 18, were charged Saturday in the June 1 slaying of 22-year-old Bernard Cranford, the Detroit Free Press reported.
Witnesses told Wayne County Sheriff's deputies that Davis pulled out a gun and ordered Cranford to empty his pockets and hand over what Davis thought were designer sunglasses.
Police said two of the shots that Davis fired struck Cranford, killing him. Cranford was on leave from the U.S. Navy.
Following a tip, deputies searched Davis' Highland Park home and arrested him. Davis is on parole for a 2001 armed robbery conviction. Reaves was arrested later.
Both men are charged with first-degree murder, two counts of assault with intent to rob while armed, using a firearm to commit a felony, being felons in possession of a firearm and being habitual offenders.
Their next court date is July 10 in Highland Park District Court.