Detroit Police have charged sixteen year old Malcolm Hardy with three counts of murder that included the murder of a five year old boy. According to police reports Malcolm Hardy would fatally shoot Aaron Benson, LaShon Marshall, and her son Caleb Harris inside of their Detroit home. The bodies were discovered after police performed a well being check. There was another teenager who was arrested at the same time as Malcolm Hardy however that case did not go forward due to lack of evidence. With the case still being early on Detroit police have not released a motive for the triple murder. Malcolm Hardy will be charged as an adult with first degree premeditated murder, two counts of armed robbery, and eight counts of felony firearm
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A 16-year-old Detroit male has been charged as an adult for the murders of a 5-year-old boy and two others.
Malcolm Ray Hardy will be arraigned on the charges on March 1. They include three felony murder charges, first degree premeditated murder, two counts of armed robbery, and eight counts of felony firearm for the gruesome killings of Aaron Benson, LaShon Marshall, and her son Caleb Harris
A second teen male was also arrested following Detroit police’s investigation. However, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office denied a warrant request for him due to insufficient evidence to charge him.
The bodies of Benson, Marshall, and Harris were discovered last Sunday during a welfare check issued by police after a relative of the adult male victim had not heard from him for several days. All three victims had been shot multiple times and died from gunshot wounds the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office determined.
A motive to the murders was not given.
“This case is a jarring reminder of why there should always be options for prosecutors when the facts allege unspeakable premeditated violence by a juvenile. The allegations in this case warrant charging the defendant as an adult,” said Prosecutor Kym Worthy. “This case is truly disturbing, especially as it relates to young Caleb. For many reasons it is disheartening to know that a juvenile is alleged to have committed these acts.”
Police were originally called to the 15300 block of Evergreen in Detroit on Feb. 20. They made arrests the following day, police confirmed during a press conference on Monday.
Chief James White and several other members of Detroit law enforcement at the county and the prosecutor’s office were in attendance to bring more attention to the gun violence that was ensnaring children.
“This case, like so many others, has tugged at the heart and spirit of this department,” White said.
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A 16-year-old male has been charged and remanded to jail in the premeditated murders of a couple and the woman’s 5-year-old son at a Detroit home.
Malcolm Ray Hardy, of Detroit, is charged as a adult in this case, which has been called “truly disturbing,” by Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy.
The bodies of Aaron Benson, 32, LaShon Marshall, 28, and 5-year-old Caleb Harris were found at Benson’s home on Friday, Feb. 18. The crime scene was not fresh, authorities said.
“This case is truly disturbing, especially as it relates to young Caleb,” Worthy said in a statement. “For many reasons, it is disheartening to know that a juvenile is alleged to have committed these acts.”
Around 9:27 p.m. on Feb. 18, Benson’s male cousin went to his home in the 15310 block of Evergreen Street because he had not heard from Benson for several days. He discovered the bodies of Benson, Marshall and Caleb, and called 911. All three victims had been shot multiple times.
The bodies were taken to the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office where it was determined that the cause of all three deaths was multiple gunshot wounds.
It is alleged that Hardy fatally shot all three victims.
Investigation by the Detroit Police Department led to the arrest of the defendant and another teen male suspect on Feb. 21. On Feb. 23, the DPD presented a warrant request to the prosecutor’s office. There was insufficient evidence to charge the other teen male, officials said.
Aspects of the case remain under investigation. A motive for the alleged crimes has not been released.
On Saturday, Feb. 26, Hardy was arraigned on three counts of felony murder, three counts of first-degree premeditated murder, two counts of armed robbery, and eight counts of felony firearm in the 36th District Court. He was denied bond and remanded to jail. His probable cause conference is scheduled for March 7 before Judge Kenneth King.