Allante Percy, a 21-year-old Ypsilanti Township man, was recently charged with open murder in the November 1 shooting death of 29-year-old Edward Gwinner. Percy was also charged with felony firearm and being a felon in possession of a firearm according to news reports at Mlive.com. Percy was arraigned on the charges by Magistrate Thomas Truesdell from the Washtenaw County Jail where he is incarcerated via video.
Percy and the victim were outside a party at approximately 1:30 a.m. in the 600 block of Armstrong Drive when the shooting took place. News reports claim Gwinner’s sister was involved in a domestic violence situation, and that he was coming to her aid when Percy allegedly pulled out a handgun and fired multiple times. One of the shots struck Gwinner in the chest. Percy then fled the scene; Gwinner was transported to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his wounds.
Investigators began interviewing individuals who were present at the party, however police said that most were not giving up much information. Police later offered a $2,500 reward in order to entice potential witnesses into talking. Eventually their interviews led to the development of a suspect, Percy. The suspect turned himself into police on November 13th.
Open murder is one of the most serious crimes an individual can be charged with; if convicted, Percy will face up to life in prison depending on whether jurors find him guilty of first- or second-degree murder. In Michigan, second-degree murder encompasses all murder offenses which are not defined as first-degree, and which are not defined as premeditated. A jury may sentence a defendant to any number of years for a conviction of second-degree murder.
While news sources do state that an argument ensued outside of the apartment where the party was taking place, there are no details as to a motive for the shooting.
Regardless of the homicide offense you have been arrested for or charged with, it is critical to obtain the legal guidance and support of a talented Michigan criminal defense attorney. Without effective legal representation your future and freedom are at risk.