Man charged with murder in Troy parking lot fatal crash

Judge drops murder charge against second suspect

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published September 18, 2019

 Rene Griffin

Rene Griffin

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TROY — A Detroit man who police said crashed into and killed JV Binkley, 48, a vending machine supplier, in a Troy office parking lot May 24 will face a felony murder charge.

Judge Kirsten Nielsen Hartig, of the 52-4 District Court, bound over Anthony Rene Griffin, 41, of Detroit, on first-degree murder Sept. 3. He is also charged with failure to stop at the scene of an accident causing death. He was denied bond.

Police said Binkley, from Ann Arbor, was making a delivery at 500 Kirts Blvd., west of Livernois Road, south of Big Beaver Road, just before 9 a.m. May 24 when the incident occurred.

Griffin was arraigned June 28 in the 52-4 District Court on charges of felony murder and failing to stop at the scene of an at-fault accident causing death.

Jerry Burton, 37, of Detroit, was also arraigned on a charge of felony murder June 28. Police said Burton was Griffin’s accomplice and the passenger in the vehicle.

Hartig dropped the murder charge for Burton Sept. 3. He faces a charge of attempted larceny from an automobile. His bond was set at $500,000.

Police said they believe the two men were preparing to steal from Binkley’s delivery truck when he was struck and killed. After hitting Binkley, the suspects fled the scene, an earlier press release stated.

Griffin’s arraignment is set for Sept. 10 before Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Nanci Grant.

His attorney, Randall Upshaw, could not be reached for comment before press time.

Burton’s attorney, Pamela Johnson, said that Hartig reached the correct, “well-reasoned” decision in her failure to find probable cause of malice for the felony murder charge against Burton. Johnson said she asked that Burton’s bond be reduced to $20,000, which Hartig denied.

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