Detroit man accused of killing teen enters not-guilty plea

Detroit man accused of killing teen enters not-guilty plea

A young Detroit man accused of lethally shooting a teen on Christmas Day signed a not-guilty plea through his attorney on Monday.

According to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office, 16-year-old Bernard Walker was at a friend's house at around 1:30 p. m. on December 25 on the 4100 block of Virginia Park when 19-year-old Dwayne Sharper Jr. shot him in the head while playing with a stolen revolver.

Sharper yesterday entered court for arraignment on charges of manslaughter and a separate robbery case, before returning to Wayne County Jail.

The separate robbery case, Sharper allegedly robbed a woman at gunpoint at 9:15 p. m. on December 22. He robbed the woman of her cash and personal property as she was in the driveway of a house on Virginia Park.

A statement by the prosecutor's office reads, "On Dec. 22 at 9:15 p. m. it is alleged that Sharper robbed a woman at gunpoint taking her cash and personal property while she was in the driveway of her home located on Virginia Park. The home was a separate location from the place where Bernard Walker was killed."

The defendant was indicted by grand jury in both cases. However, a spokesperson for the prosecutor's office declined to give details on why the one-man grand jury was used in the concerned cases.

Circuit Judge Cynthia Hathaway ruled that Sharper will stay in the jail pending an investigation to set bond. The probation office will soon screen Sharper to assist the court in determining his bond.