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New details are being released in the homicide of University of Michigan student Paul DeWolf, who was killed in an apparent home invasion in July 2013. You can read my first post about Paul’s case HERE.
The Detroit Free Press has obtained the transcript of one of the lead detectives in the case, Detective Katie Nucci, testifying in a hearing earlier last month. Below is apparently what went down the night Paul was killed, according to statements she received from two of the three intruders.
Paul DeWolf was asleep in his bed on the night of July 23, when three men opened his bedroom door and closed it behind them. One of the men, 20-year-old Joei Jordan, had entered the home through a rear window, and then let his two friends, 21-year-old Shaquille Jones, and a third man who has yet to be charged in the case, in through a rear door. When they closed the door in Paul’s room, Paul woke up and asked what was going on. One of the men pointed a gun at him and told him not to move. At some point, Paul got up and tried to grab something off of his dresser. The man with the gun allegedly tried to hit him with it, when it went off, shooting Paul in the neck and killing him.
Both Jordan and Jones told police that their goal had been to burglarize random homes in downtown Ann Arbor. Prior to breaking into Paul’s fraternity building which housed 26 medical students, they had broken into the house next door and had stolen a laptop. That laptop, according to Detective Nucci, was what ultimately led to their arrests. When they sold the laptop and the new owner attempted to turn it on, police were able to track it using the “Find My Mac” application. They were then able to trace the purchase back to Jordan and Jones, who both agreed to talk to detectives.
The third man who has yet to be charged in the case but is considered a suspect, is Dajeon Franklin, who both Jordan and Jones claim was the actual shooter. He is currently in custody on an unrelated charge.
Both Jordan and Jones are being held without bond in the Washtenaw County Jail. They are being charged with open murder, conspiracy to commit home invasion, and two first-degree home invasion counts. They face a maximum sentence of up to life in prison if they are convicted of murder.
UPDATE: 1/31/14 11:06 AM
Joei Jordan appeared in court on Wednesday for a pretrial hearing. His trial for his role in Paul’s murder is now set to begin on May 19, 2014.
A pretrial hearing for Shaquille Jones is scheduled for February 5, 2014.
UPDATE: 2/7/14 11:00 AM
Shaquille Jones has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, two counts of first-degree home invasion, and one count of conspiracy to commit first-degree home invasion. He will face a minimum of 18 years and nine months in prison, and has agreed to testify in any future hearings about this case.
The alleged gunman, Dajeon Franklin, still has yet to be charged in the case.
UPDATE: 2/17/14 9:30 AM
Dajeon Franklin has now been officially charged with felony murder and home invasion.
He has pleaded not guilty.
UPDATE: 2/20/14 9:05 AM
Among the evidence that prosecutors have against Dajeon Franklin is blood evidence found on a pair of his shoes.
From the Detroit Free Press:
Droplets of DeWolf’s blood were discovered on shoes owned by Dajeon Franklin, who police say gave them to his then-girlfriend “to hang onto” around the time DeWolf was shot in the neck at the Phi Rho Sigma fraternity house in Ann Arbor.
Franklin’s former girlfriend declined to comment when contacted by the Free Press on Wednesday. She told police she could not give the exact date Franklin put a plastic bag with shoes and a sweatshirt in the trunk of her car, but said he contacted her late at night during the summer and asked her to come pick him up at his home, police said.
The bag stayed in her car for months before she moved the shoes to her bedroom closet and washed the sweatshirt, she told detectives.
Hopefully his girlfriend will save her own butt and cooperate with prosecutors in this case.
UPDATE: 4/21/14 6:56 AM
New details came out last week at a hearing for Dajeon Franklin:
- Franklin told Jones as they were fleeing the scene that the resident they had just shot (DeWolf) was probably still alive and would be OK. They learned from the news the next day that he had died.
- Jones and Jordan returned to the scene the next day as police were investigating to retrieve a backpack they had left at a neighbor’s home during their burglaries. They were able to get the backpack, even though police were at DeWolf’s house next door.
- DeWolf’s blood was found on Franklin’s size 13 Nike shoes.
At the end of the hearing, the judge ruled that the case will proceed to trial. Read more details HERE.
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