Southfield artist charged in fatal crash

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published March 3, 2016

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SOUTHFIELD — A Southfield artist described as one of Detroit’s finest is facing charges in the recent crash death of a local woman.

According to a news release from Wayne County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Maria Miller, Prosecutor Kym Worthy charged Marcus Omar Glenn, 48, of Southfield, with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol causing death.

Glenn allegedly had been drinking, according to a press release, and at around 11:17 p.m. Feb. 4 he was driving his wife, Hatta Olivia Funches, 44, when he crashed into a guardrail in the area of West Jefferson and Griswold in Detroit.

“Ms. Funches was taken to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead from injuries sustained in the crash,” Miller said in the release.
Glenn was arraigned Feb. 26 before 36th District Court Magistrate Bari Blake-Wood. A probable cause conference is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. March 3, the release said, and a preliminary exam is set for 9 a.m. March 10. Both hearings are before Judge Deborah Langston. Glenn received a bond of $75,000 or 10 percent.

Glenn is featured on Southfield’s Park West Gallery website and is described as “one of the most exciting young artists to emerge in recent years.”

The website also states that Glenn is known for his use of bright colors, paper and fabric. He has a studio in the Corktown neighborhood in Detroit, and is one of the most widely collected contemporary artists, according to the site. Glenn has sold artwork in 67 countries, and one of his pieces was selected as the official art for the 56th annual Grammy Awards in 2014.

Glenn attended the College for Creative Studies for a period, the website says. He then became the first African-American and the youngest cartoonist in the Detroit News as a freelance cartoonist with the comic strip “Double Trouble,” published daily for three years.

Jeffrey Crapko, attorney for Glenn, declined to comment on the case.