Pair arrested on felony murder charges in apartment shooting deaths

UPDATE: Suspects arraigned from hospital beds

By: Nick Mordowanec | C&G Newspapers | Published January 25, 2021 | Updated February 8, 2021 4:56pm




CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Two suspects have been arrested in association with the shooting deaths of two women at a Clinton Township apartment complex.

On Jan. 25, the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office authorized felony warrants for Darrell Semaj Banks, 19, of Mount Clemens, and Dajuan Dion-Diego Davenport, 20, of Warren.

Both have been charged with two counts of first-degree homicide, which are punishable by up to life in prison. They were also charged with a two-year felony firearm.

The pair is alleged to have killed Dazhane Jasmine Holloway, 19, and Dionna Janae Davis, 18, both of Clinton Township, outside of Knottingham Apartments, on Wellington Crescent, where at least one of the women lived.

Clinton Township Police Capt. Richard Maierle said the killings occurred at about 6:35 p.m. Jan. 22. He said Holloway and Davis backed their vehicle into a parking space and began unloading groceries they had just purchased.

At that point, the two suspects, who reportedly had parked their Dodge Hellcat across the parking lot, exited their vehicle and approached the women. Maierle said one suspect allegedly had a .223 rifle, while the other had a .45 automatic. They reportedly fired as many as 40 rounds.

Numerous witnesses heard gunshots, Maierle added, and the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office located the suspects’ vehicle near the intersection of Metropolitan Parkway and Harper Avenue. The suspects then drove onto westbound Interstate 94 and accelerated at high speeds.

Michigan State Police became involved in the pursuit, with the chase ultimately ending when the suspects crashed into a pole on Eight Mile Road. The suspects suffered injuries and, at press time, are currently under watch at a local hospital.

A baby belonging to one of the victims was in the women’s vehicle at the time of the shooting.

“The baby had some blood on him and our officers thought the baby might have been injured,” Maierle said, clarifying that the baby was unhurt.

It was unclear whether the Hellcat was stolen. Maierle said the vehicle was listed as stolen through the Detroit Police Department system, but CTPD could not yet make that verification at press time.

On Jan. 26, during a 41-B District Court video arraignment, Magistrate Ryan Zemke set the bond for each Banks and Davenport at $1 million cash or surety. If either suspect posts bond, he must remain on GPS house arrest.

The suspects share the same attorney, Daniel Reid, who pleaded with Zemke to decrease bond to 10% of $1 million, or $100,000.

“Given what we’re dealing with the allegations ... I’m not comfortable lowering the bond today,” Zemke said.

Both suspects joined the arraignment virtually via hospital beds.

A probable cause conference has been set for Feb. 8, after press time, for each suspect, assigned to 41-B Judge Jacob Femminineo.

Nottingham Apartments officials released the following statement: “We are deeply saddened to hear about this tragic incident at our community Friday evening involving a resident and guest. We’re not able to comment further as this is a pending investigation and we’re cooperating fully with the police in their efforts. Our number one priority is the safety and security of our residents. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s families and friends during this very difficult time.”