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Deangelo Martin

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Deangelo Martin
BornDeangelo Kenneth Martin
(1985-05-30) May 30, 1985 (age 35)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
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💼 Occupation

Deangelo Kenneth Martin (born May 30, 1985) is an accused American serial killer, suspected in the murders of at least 4 women in Detroit between February 2018 and June 2019. All of his alleged victims were prostitutes, who were raped and their bodies posed in humiliating positions.[1]

Biography[edit]

Deangelo Martin was born on May 30, 1985 in Detroit.[2] He spent his childhood and adolescence surrounded by crime and violence, which he grew accustomed to. His mother, Chantrienes Baker, who was 18 at the time of her son's birth, was repeatedly jailed for various offences in the following years. In 1998, she was found guilty of kidnapping and murder, for which she was sentenced to life imprisonment. Following his mother's incarceration, Martin was raised by his father.[3]

Martin attended the Kettering High School, from which he graduated in 2003. According to unconfirmed reports after leaving school, he studied at the Wayne State University.[4][5] After his father's death, Deangelo moved in with his paternal grandparents. At the time of the Detroit bankruptcy in the mid-2010s, Martin began to experience problems with employment and money. By the end of the decade, he turned towards crime, spending a lot of his time among drug dealers, pimps and prostitutes, one of whom was his concubine for a short time.[6]

Murders[edit]

In February 2018, Martin is alleged to have lured 57-year-old Annetta Nelson to an abandoned house on Winthrop Street, where he raped and strangled her. Her body was found on February 26th, by a 43-year-old homeless man named Rudolph Henderson, who dragged her body out of the house onto the sidewalk. However, CCTV footage from a nearby carwash later proved his innocence.[7]

In March 2019, Martin met 52-year-old Nancy Harrison. After sharing drugs together, he is alleged to have lured the woman into an abandoned house, where he raped and hit her several times on the head with a blunt object. Harrison suffered severe injuries, from which she would later die. Her body was found on March 19th.[8][9]

At the end of April, using the same tactic, Deangelo lured 52-year-old Trevesene Willis into an abandoned house, whom he raped and killed. She was declared missing on May 15th, and her highly decomposed body was found nine days later.[10]

On May 6th, while hanging out at a drug den, Martin met a 26-year-old girl. After getting to know each other, Deangelo took her to his home, where he allowed her to sleep in the basement. After taking a shower and going to bed, the victim claimed that she was attacked by Martin, who raped her before stabbing her in the neck. The victim fiercely resisted and attracted the attention of Martin's grandmother, who, after witnessing the crime, called the police. However, Deangelo fled, and was put on a wanted list.[6][11]

On June 3, 2019, Deangelo attacked a 51-year-old woman, whom he dragged into an abandoned house, where he attempted to rape her. The victim resisted, despite being stabbed several times, but managed to survive, as her assailant fled. Two days later, the badly decomposing body of 55-year-old Tamara Jones was found in an empty building.[1][12]

In all the murders, it's noted that Martin had a noticeable modus operandi: after killing the women, he would pose them in a humiliating manner, leaving condoms with seminal fluid near the bodies and stealing a sock from each.[13][14]

Arrest[edit]

On June 7, 2019, Deangelo was arrested at a bus stop in Detroit.[15] After his arrest, he was taken to the police station, where he was charged first with assault and attempted murder relating to the May 2019 attack. Once authorities learned that he had attacked another woman, he was charged on July 23rd with that attack as well.[16] Blood and saliva samples were eventually taken from him, which linked him to the four murders, with which he was charged on September 19th. In a subsequent investigation, the Detroit police searched more than 3,000 vacant homes in the city for other potential victims of Martin. He later became a suspect in the murder of Deborah Reynolds, who went missing in August 2018, with her body discovered in December of that year. When they examined the CCTV footage, it was established that the woman was last seen leaving a 7-Eleven, accompanied by none other than Martin himself.[17][18]

Trial[edit]

In December 2019, Martin's lawyers filed a request for a psychological examination. Psychologists determined that Deangelo was sane, and could be subjected to criminal liability in February 2020.[19] His trial began on August 20th, and as of September 2020, it is still ongoing.[20]

See also[edit]

  • List of serial killers in the United States

References[edit]

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  2. "Press Release - Deangelo Martin Charged in Four East Side Murder Cases". Wayne County Prosecutor's Office. 2019. Retrieved September 19, 2002. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. Craig, Kimberly (June 17, 2019). "Mom of suspected serial killer serving life in prison for 1998 kidnapping, murder". WXYZ-TV. Retrieved September 19, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. "Kettering High (KHS) Class of 2003 Alumni List".
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  6. 6.0 6.1 Shawn Ley, Derick Hutchinson (June 12, 2019). "Detroit serial killer case: Macomb County mother shares details of daughter's attack". WDIV-TV. Retrieved September 19, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  7. Burns, Gus (March 8, 2018). "Murder charge dismissed against homeless man recorded dragging dead woman". Booth Newspapers. Retrieved September 19, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  8. "Potential serial killer, rapist targeting sex workers on Detroit's east side". WXYZ-TV. June 5, 2019. Retrieved September 19, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  9. Craig, Kimberly (June 6, 2019). "Family of suspected serial killer's first known victim upset with how they say investigation handled". WXYZ-TV. Retrieved September 19, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  10. Ball, Cara (June 5, 2019). "2 of 3 victims identified in connection to potential Detroit serial killer case". WXYZ-TV. Retrieved September 19, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  11. Jason Colthorp, Derick Hutchinson (July 16, 2019). "Woman says Detroit serial killer suspect stabbed her in neck during rape in his mother's basement". WDIV-TV. Retrieved September 19, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  12. Cook, Rebecca (September 18, 2019). "34-year-old Detroit man charged in killings of four women". CBC.ca. Retrieved September 19, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  13. Farberov, Snejana (August 18, 2020). "Detroit 'serial killer' left victims' socks as calling cards". Daily Star Post. Retrieved September 19, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  14. Wimbley, Randy (September 18, 2019). "Victim's family: it took too long for DeAngelo Martin to be charged with murders". WJBK. Retrieved September 19, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  15. Sanchez, Josh (June 9, 2019). "Deangelo Kenneth Martin Identified as Suspect in Detroit Serial Killer Case". COED. Retrieved September 19, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  16. Hutchinson, Derick (July 23, 2019). "Suspect in Detroit serial killer case charged in sexual assault of second woman". WDIV-TV. Retrieved September 19, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  17. Wimbley, Randy (October 22, 2019). "Remains of woman ID-d, last seen with serial killer suspect". WJBK. Retrieved September 19, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  18. Elfrink, Tim (September 7, 2019). "US woman escapes serial killer targeting sex workers in Detriot". Stuff. Retrieved September 19, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  19. "Alleged Detroit serial killer Deangelo Martin due back in court today". WXYZ-TV. February 14, 2020. Retrieved September 19, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  20. "Detroit Man, Kenneth Martin, Suspected of Being A Serial Killer Detroit Man Will Stand Trial". WKBD-TV. August 14, 2020. Retrieved September 19, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)


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