On Sunday, March 8, Troy police announced they had taken a man into custody in connection with the fatal shooting death of an Auburn Hills woman. On the previous Saturday evening, 21-year-old Jamila Monet Vigier-Cage was found slumped over the steering wheel of her vehicle. Now, 24-year-old Cory Daniel Mullen has been charged with first-degree murder in the case.
According to news articles at Mlive.com and Clickondetroit.com, the victim was found dead in a parking lot in Troy where she worked; she was found by a co-worker, and had allegedly been shot twice, once in the head and once in the chest. Vigier-Cage was employed at One Source, a talent agency that books actors and models.
Police asked for the public’s help in finding Vigier-Cage’s killer, and release a description of his vehicle, a 2002 Chevrolet Impala. He was located within hours in Detroit, and taken into custody for further questioning. Mullen was charged with first-degree murder and felony firearm; he was arraigned on Tuesday in 52-4 District Court, where he pleaded not guilty.
The victim and Mullen had an 8-month-old son together. Mullen did not receive bond; his next court date is scheduled for March 18.
News reports do not indicate a motive for the murder. Mullen was considered a person of interest from the beginning, although it is not known if there were eyewitnesses to the crime, or he was suspected because he is her ex-boyfriend.
First-degree murder is an extremely serious crime. Also known as felony or premeditated murder, anyone found guilty of felony murder in the state of Michigan will face the remainder of his or her life in prison according to section 750.316 of the Michigan Penal Code. Because of the severe consequences and permanent loss of freedom, it is vital to obtain the legal support and guidance of an experienced and aggressive Michigan criminal defense attorney who will fight non-stop on your behalf.
We will explore every option, investigate ourselves to determine whether errors were made my police, thoroughly review your case, and identify any potential weaknesses in the prosecutor’s case in an effort to reach positive results. Without a skilled defense lawyer, your life and future literally hang in the balance.