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Posted on Mon, Jan 11, 2010 : 4:44 p.m.

Ypsilanti Township man sentenced in murder over $40 debt

By Art Aisner

An Ypsilanti Township man was sentenced to serve at least 18 years and up to life in prison for the murder of a teen over a small debt.

Daniel Haywood, 23, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder charges in late November, just a few weeks before he was to stand trial on open murder and weapons charges in Washtenaw County Circuit Court.


Daniel Haywood

Prosecutors dropped the open murder charge at a brief sentencing hearing before Circuit Judge Donald Shelton.

Records show Haywood also pleaded guilty to felony use of a firearm for shooting Cortez Dwayne Donald, 18, outside homes near the Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township border on May 28. 

Police said the two were with a group of people when they began to argue about a $40 debt related to a wristwatch.

Two others who were there were arrested and charged with Donald’s murder, but charges were later dismissed after a preliminary hearing.



Tue, Jan 12, 2010 : 3:26 a.m.

Golly. What a poor kid


Tue, Jan 12, 2010 : 3:26 a.m.

Golly. What a poor kid


Tue, Jan 12, 2010 : 3:23 a.m.

I could make a comment on this but it might offend the censors and I might be banned from further posting.


Mon, Jan 11, 2010 : 6:36 p.m.

I think it would be a good idea if all felony convictions and their sentences were reported. This is done in Flint. Voters would have a better idea of who to choose for judge.