Suspected Detroit serial killer charged with four counts of first-degree murder

September 18, 2019, 12:50 PM

Suspected Detroit serial killer DeAngelo Martin

A suspected serial killer who police say raped and killed four sex workers and left their bodies in vacant buildings in Detroit has been charged with first-degree murder in each case.

The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office announced the charges against Deangelo Martin, 34, Wednesday. Three of Martin's alleged victims were found in spring, and a fourth was found in February of 2018.

All of the victims were women in their 50s. The prosecutor's office says they were found positioned face-down with used condoms near their bodies. 

Medical examiners determined two of the women died from blunt force trauma. The bodies of the two victims discovered most recently — in late March and in June — were too decomposed to determine a cause of death.

The women are Annetta Nelson, 57, of Detroit, found in February of 2018; Nancy Harrison, 52, of Detroit, found on March 19; Trevesene Ellis, 55, of Detroit, found on March 24; and Tamara Jones, 55, of Detroit, found on June 5.

Martin was held until now on two charges of criminal sexual conduct in cases involving separate victims. In addition to the new first-degree murder charges, he's now also charged with "felony murder based upon the underlying felony third degree criminal sexual conduct," the prosecutor's office says.

He was arraigned Wednesday on the chargesn and is due back in court Oct. 2.

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