Sunday, March 16, 2008

Jonathon Joseph Stevens, R.I.P.

I guess we all knew it was only a matter of time. Shannon Murphy and RoNeisha Mullen of The Flint Journal report on the city's first murder of 2008:

The city's first homicide of the year occurred (Saturday) morning when police said a 72-year-old man shot his 37-year-old housemate in the stomach.

Police were called to the scene about 7 a.m. and found Jonathon Joseph Stevens dead on the sidewalk next door to the home where he'd been living.

Police have not released the name of the accused shooter.

Flint police Sgt. Roderick LeGardye said Stevens and the older man got into an argument early this morning inside the home at 2518 Bagley St. During the fight, Stevens allegedly hit the elderly man with a large wooden stick.

The 72-year-old then pulled out a gun and shot the victim at least once in the stomach, LeGardye said.

Stevens tried to run away but collapsed on the sidewalk. The suspect was taken to Hurley Medical Center with head injuries.

"Right now, we're unsure what they were fighting about," LeGardye said.


  1. Hiya. Just discovered yr blog, and its mighty tasty eatin'.

  2. A Complaint was filed in late April at the Flint City Ombudsman's Office. The Investigator Tony Mills Was assigned to the Complaint. As of 11/14/08 The Ombudsman her self took the file to the Flint Police Chief David Dicks. Asking that the case to be reopened. The Family of Jonathan Stevens the Victim in this crime Filed the Complaint. Robert Johnson the brother of Jonathan Stevens has addressed the flint city council concerning the Death of his brother and the laying off of the ombudsman's staff. At that meeting Councilman Ehren Gonzales of the ward 8 Told the council that they need to revisit the Ombudsman's Office put on the ballet again to remove the office. Mr Johnson told the Council that the Office is needed and Ward 6 Sheldon Neeley Spoke after Mr.Johnson telling him he was sorry for the death of a family member and that the Office was needed.
    The Family Hopes to hear soon What the Chief of Police decides on the Homicide case that was ruled Justifiable April 9 2008 less than a month from the time of the Homicide.

  3. I used to walk by that house on Bagley while going to Longfellow.

    I vaguely remembered this story but was shocked to find out more about the story recently. It's covered in other news sources.

  4. The Flint Police Chief went on 12 news and said he was reopening the case but never did now Robert Johnson is asking the new Mayor to get the case reopened......


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