Suspects charged for murder of witness in Woods carjacking

By: Brendan Losinski | Advertiser Times | Published October 26, 2018

 Kenneth Dixon

Kenneth Dixon

HARPER WOODS — Three suspects have been charged with the fatal shooting of a Detroit woman who was the victim and a key witness in the case of a carjacking that was perpetrated in Harper Woods.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy charged 23-year-old Jah-Lana Streeter, of Detroit; 26-year-old Kenneth Dixon, of Warren; and 39-year-old Corey Holmes, of Detroit, in connection with the homicide of 32-year-old Starkisha Thompson.

According to Worthy’s office, at 8:05 a.m. Oct. 9, Detroit police officers responded to a call of shots fired at a home in the 16400 block of Collingham Drive in Detroit, near Eight Mile and Kelly roads. They discovered Thompson at the scene; she had sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene by medical responders.

Prosecutors claim that Streeter, Dixon and Holmes killed Thompson due to her testifying against Dixon six days earlier in the carjacking case; the carjacking took place at the BP gas station in Harper Woods, at the corner of Harper Avenue and Vernier Road, on Sept. 7. Thompson reportedly said she was approached by a man, whom she would later identify as Dixon, who pointed a handgun at her and ordered her out of her vehicle. She said he then got in the vehicle and drove away.

Harper Woods Department of Public Safety officers quickly located the stolen vehicle, a 2018 Dodge Charger, on Moross Road, near Peerless Street, in Detroit. Police said the suspect, Dixon, fled from them on foot and, after an extended pursuit, was taken into custody in the backyard of an abandoned home.

All three suspects were charged with one count of first-degree murder, one count of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, one count of witness intimidating — committing a crime, and one count of witness — retaliation against. Holmes also was charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and three counts of felony firearm.

Streeter was arraigned in the 36th District Court and remanded to jail. She had a probable cause conference scheduled for Monday, Oct. 29, after press time, and a preliminary examination scheduled for Monday, Nov. 5, at 1:30 p.m. in the 36th District Court.

Dixon and Holmes were arraigned Oct. 22 in the 36th District Court. Their probable cause conferences are scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Nov. 5, and their preliminary examinations are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Nov. 12.

Harper Woods Public Safety Director James Burke declined to comment for this story.

Electronic court records did not indicate that any of the defendants had attorneys.