The Detroit Police Department accused Demetris Nelson, 26 of shooting Brian Anderson, 31 and of wounding Malcolm Drake, 26 on July 6. Police say that Nelson used the gay hook-up app to find unsuspecting robbery victims. Drake, who was critically injured is still alive.
Nelson has been charged with first-degree murder, felony murder, assault and using a firearm during the assault.
The allegations are that social media contacts were used to target, contact, rob, fatally shoot one gay man, and seriously wound another gay man,” Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said in a statement. “To some, this will be just another hateful and violent act in America. They will read about this case and continue to go about their day. To me, that is quite tragic.”
The Fair Michigan Justice Project, a collaboration between Fair Michigan and the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office focusing on homicides and other capital offenses committed against members of the LGBTQ community is cooperating with the investigation.
Nelson is expected to appear in court on July 26 for a probable cause hearing and is being held without bail. A preliminary examination into the case will take place on August 2.