Murder suspects awaiting trial

By: Brendan Losinski | Advertiser Times | Published September 7, 2016



HARPER WOODS — Suspects Tyshon Taylor and Demetrius Armour are awaiting trial for their alleged parts in the murder of 17-year-old Eastpointe resident Tyrell Lane.

They are being charged with murder in the first degree, as well as two counts of assault with intent to murder. They were charged alongside Brendon Stanton-Lipscomb, who earlier this summer was convicted of the same offenses and a count of possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony. 

The incident occurred at approximately 6 p.m. Dec. 26. Police said that as Lane was exiting the Burlington Coat Factory store at Eastland Center on Vernier Avenue with two others, Stanton-Lipscomb, Taylor and Armour approached Lane’s group. Multiple shots were fired, and Lane sustained fatal injuries. Lane’s two companions were able to flee on foot without being hit.

Stanton-Lipscomb was tried in late June, and the jury took less than 90 minutes to convict him. Among the evidence was surveillance video. The judge in July sentenced Stanton-Lipscomb to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Taylor and Armour went through the pretrial phase in June, and their trials are scheduled to begin on Monday, Oct. 24.

“We’re confident with the case that we’ve built. It took a lot of hard work by our Police Department and our detective bureau,” Harper Woods Deputy Police Chief Ted Stager told C & G Newspapers in July. “We’re confident that the other defendants (besides Stanton-Lipscomb) will be found guilty and convicted. They’re both accomplices to the crime.”

Taylor and Armour are represented by attorneys Wyatt Harris and John Holler, respectively. Harris could not be reached for comment by press time. Holler said his client was being evaluated for his competency to stand trial by the Center for Forensic Psychiatry.