SAGINAW, Michigan — A 21-year-old man is charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of a 16-year-old Saginaw teen.
Malik D. Hart on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, appeared before Saginaw County District Judge David D. Hoffman for arraignment on single counts of open murder, felony firearm, and carrying a concealed weapon. A conviction of first-degree murder comes with a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. Second-degree murder is a maximum life offense, but with the possibility of parole.
The charges stem from the death of 16-year-old De’tavion L. Favorite, fatally shot inside a house in the 1500 block of Annesley Street on Feb. 21. Police responded to the reported shooting about 4:30 p.m. that day and found Favorite had been shot and killed.
Police have said a large group of people were inside the house when Favorite and another person entered the home. After the pair were inside the home, an altercation ensued and Favorite was shot, they’ve said.
Michigan State Police Special 1st Lt. David Kaiser said the shooting was prefaced by a robbery had taken place at the gathering, with Favorite being the suspect.
Police arrested Hart on February 22, 2020. He was arraigned a few days later on charges of illegal use of a financial transaction device.
Prosecutors said they’re also charging another person with lying to a peace officer. Authorities have issued a warrant for his arrest but he is currently not in custody. That person’s name is being withheld pending arraignment.
Favorite was attending Success Academy in Saginaw and was a sports fan, particularly of basketball, according to his obituary. He was father to a 1-year-old son as well.
Judge Hoffman denied granting Hart bond. Hart is to appear for a preliminary examination at 2:15 p.m. on April 6, 2020.