The 27-year-old businessman accused of paying a handyman $20 to burn a vacant house — a blaze that claimed the life of a Detroit firefighter — has been bound over for trial, the county Prosecutor’s Office said today.
Mario Willis is charged with felony murder and arson of a dwelling in the death last November of Walter Harris, a 17-year veteran of the Detroit Fire Department.
The handyman who set the fire, Darian Dove, 40, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder as part of a deal to testify against Willis.
Source: By ZLATI MEYER (Free Press staff writer)
Ok, I have to flat out disagree with MURDER charges here. The house was vacant when the fire was set, they did not intend to hurt anyone. Should they be punished? Yes, of course. But murder charges? Really? If they knew someone was in the house or weren’t sure and set the fire anyways, then yeah, murder charges. But this firefighter responded to the scene and died doing his job, I don’t see how that warrants a charge of murder.
A friend of mine recently told me about this story and I just had to share it with everyone here. Now, I’ve been in the Packard Several times, and I can say that thee are numerous trucks, boats, cars, and RVs inside the building. However, some guys pushed a dump truck out of a window on the 4th floor of the Packard plant. No one really knows how a dump truck ended up on the 4th floor, but you can see below how it made it’s way out!
Crazy huh? Ghetto Detroit at it’s finest. It’s just amazing that people can spend so much time trying to push this truck out of the window without getting in trouble. You would think think that at some point a cop would drive by, see this happening and arrest them, but it just goes to show how little they care. Anther odd thing about the video is that it’s posted on the Wall Street Journal’s website… what does this video have to do with stocks? It really makes you think.
Here’s another video of the truck on the ground after it was pushed out:
In January 2009, a man in his mid 50s named Johnnie Redding was found frozen in several feet of ice at the bottom of an elevator shaft in the Detroit Public School Warehouse (also known as the Roosevelt Warehouse). This is the building next to Michigan Central Train Depot. The River Rouge resident was discovered by some kids playing hockey on the floor in the basement which had flooded and frozen over. The police thought it was a hoax and never responded to the first call.
Apparently, the body had been just sitting in the bottom of the shaft for weeks. None of the numerous homeless people living inside the warehouse bothered to call the police. Even after the authorities were notified(multiple times), it was several days before anyone came out. It took a jackhammer to remove the body, who was later identified by his wallet.
Officials say that Johnnie killed himself. His autopsy revealed no broken bones, no wounds and no water in his lungs, which means he did not fall into the flooded shaft and drown. Most likely, Johnnie was smoking cocaine with somebody and died, coroners suspect. Johnnie’s party pal may have panicked and tossed his body down the water-filled shaft.
Another dismal statistic for Detroit. In 2008, Forbes Magazine has labeled Detroit the most miserable city in America, read about it HERE. How Detroit was only ranked #7 in 2009 is beyond me. All I know is, 2009 was a rough year for the city, with an unemployment rate closing in on 30% and home prices falling faster than ever, it’s a shoe-in for the 2010 ranking when they come out.
What do you think? Have you ever been to another city in the US that was worse than Detroit in terms of overall quality of living?