Roseville man found guilty of murdering ex-fiancee’s mother, uncle

By: Brian Wells | Roseville-Eastpointe Eastsider | Published April 11, 2023




ROSEVILLE — A jury found a Roseville man guilty April 4 of murdering his ex-fiancée’s mother and uncle in March 2022.

Following a five-day jury trial, Jerel McCrary, 32, of Roseville, was found guilty of shooting and killing his ex-fiancée’s mother, Cedic Fields, 63, and uncle, Kenny Burks, 57.

On Friday, March 25, 2022, McCrary sent a text message to his ex-fiancée, threatening to kill everyone she knows, according to a press release from the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office.

Following the text, McCrary went to Fields’ home and video called his ex-fiancée, according to the press release. He then shot and killed Fields and Burks while on the call.

A jury trial began in front of Macomb County Circuit Court Judge James Maceroni March 28. Court records state that closing arguments took place in the afternoon April 4, and a guilty verdict was delivered that evening.

McCrary was found guilty on two counts of first-degree murder, which carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole, and two counts of felony firearm, a two-year felony. Sentencing is scheduled for 9 a.m. May 23 in front of Maceroni.

“This unspeakable act of violence is a total disregard for human lives,” Macomb County Prosecutor Peter Lucido said in a prepared statement. “This can only be described as the actions of a coward.”

At press time, McCrary’s attorney, Joan Ellerbusch Morgan, had not returned a request for comment.