On March 31 of this year, 33-year-old Nicole Riggs of Oak Park was fatally shot when an altercation took place at the Myst Ultra Lounge. A news article at Myfoxdetroit.com indicates that some men who were at the club were thrown out by the bouncer after becoming involved in an argument.
It is believed that Riggs was an innocent bystander who was randomly struck when shots rang out from the parking lot. At the time of the shooting, police were looking for a man they described as a “person of interest.” Police released a photo of the suspect, determined later to be DeAngelo Jammal Eady who is also 33 years old. A warrant for his arrest was issued on May 29; Eady was arrested last week.
The Myst Ultra Lounge has been described as a “Hollywood experience” by some with its Miami-themed outdoor patio, numerous flat screen televisions and plush VIP booths. Riggs was a wife and mother of one teenage son; the incident reportedly took place at about 2 a.m. She was said to be attending a birthday party at the club with a group of relatives.
The suspect has now been charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a firearm in commission of a felony, and open murder.
Michigan homicide attorneys understand the severe consequences individuals face when charged with murder, whether open murder, second-degree, involuntary manslaughter, or any criminal offense related to the death of another person. A conviction in the case of open murder could potentially leave the accused facing life in prison.
When someone is accused of taking another person’s life, his or her own freedom and future are at stake. In order to have the best chance at a positive outcome it is critical that the accused person consults with an experienced and aggressive Michigan criminal defense lawyer with a winning track record. Without a capable attorney, someone charged with a serious or violent crime can expect to face the harshest punishment handed down in Michigan courts.