Three Detroit men were arrested and charged following the murder of 22-year-old Farmington resident Alex Ward Oct. 15 at the Retreat at Farmington Hills.

Three Detroit men were arrested and charged following the murder of 22-year-old Farmington resident Alex Ward Oct. 15 at the Retreat at Farmington Hills.

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Suspects apprehended, arraigned after murder at Retreat of Farmington Hills

By: Sherri Kolade | Farmington Press | Published October 24, 2018

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FARMINGTON HILLS  — Three Detroit men were arrested and charged following the murder of 22-year-old Farmington resident Alex Ward last week at the Retreat at Farmington Hills.

The Farmington Hills Police Department is investigating a murder and shooting that occurred in the early morning Oct. 15 at the Retreat of Farmington Hills Apartments, located on 12 Mile Road, west of Middlebelt Road, according to a press release.

The incident took place at about 1:12 a.m., when Farmington Hills officers responded to numerous 911 calls, according to a press release.

Officers discovered that two men had been shot. Both were taken to the hospital; Ward, a former student at Farmington High School, died there, the release states. The second victim is “expected to survive.”

On Oct. 19, the Farmington Hills Police Department announced the arrest of three people suspected in the shooting death of Ward and the wounding of the other victim.

Early investigations reveal that the two men were shot from outside the apartment through a door wall, and the shooting was not random, the release states.

According to the press release, shortly after receiving many 911 calls reporting gunshots, a Farmington Hills police officer patrolling the area saw a vehicle leaving the area at a high rate of speed.

The vehicle was stopped and the occupants were arrested, the release states. Investigators’ and evidence technicians’ work led to the recovery of evidence connecting the vehicle’s occupants to the murder, police said.

Detectives from Farmington Hills followed tips and information provided by state, local and federal law enforcement partners, the release states.

Farmington Hills Police Chief Chuck Nebus said that the Farmington Hills police officer who arrested the three subjects fleeing the area was “instrumental” in solving this case, along with follow-up work by detectives and evidence technicians.

Charged in the case are Detroit resident Maliek Thomas Williams, 20; Jamir Dmarco Brown-Gray, 22; and Steven Doinelle Davis, 19. 

The Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office authorized an eight-count arrest warrant for open murder, assault with intent to murder, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm, discharge of a weapon in or at a building causing injury, and discharge of a weapon in or at a building causing death against Brown-Gray and Davis. Williams was charged with a 10-count arrest warrant with the same charges, plus possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

The three suspects were arraigned in the 47th District Court Oct. 19 before Judge Marla Parker, who ordered all three to be held without bond.  Williams, Brown-Gray and Davis have a preliminary exam date set for Nov. 7.   

Attorneys for the three suspects could not be reached for comment by press time.

The investigation was assisted by the South Oakland Narcotics Intelligence Consortium — a unit of detectives from the West Bloomfield Township, Farmington Hills and Novi police departments — the Southfield Police Department, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office’s auto theft unit, the Detroit Police Department, the Farmington Public Safety Department, the Michigan State Police, the Drug Enforcement Agency’s Detroit office, and members of the Oakland County FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force, the release states.

“The male murder victim was specifically targeted. This incident was not a random attack,” Nebus said in a press release.

This is the first Farmington Hills murder recorded this year, a year in which serious crimes have been at record lows not seen since the 1970s, according to a press release.

Investigators are obtaining search warrants for the apartment, and evidence technicians are processing the scene, the release states.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Farmington Hills Police Department at (248) 871-2610.

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