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Posted on Sun, Jan 22, 2012 : 11:05 a.m.

Trial for Ypsilanti man accused in fatal shooting begins Monday

By Kyle Feldscher

The Ypsilanti man accused of shooting two men, killing one of them, on Nash Avenue in Ypsilanti Township in February will go to trial on Monday.

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Darnell Brown

Police say Darnell Brown fatally shot Marcus Jones, 33, in the head and shot a 29-year-old Inkster man twice in the back at 2:30 a.m. Feb. 26 in the 1300 block of Nash Avenue in Ypsilanti Township. Brown had a longstanding feud with Jones and the Inkster man, according to police.

Brown’s trial will start with jury selection at 8:30 a.m. Monday in Washtenaw County Trial Court Judge Archie Brown’s courtroom. He is charged with an open count of murder, assault with intent to murder, assault with intent to do bodily harm less than murder, carrying a concealed weapon, being a felon in possession of a firearm and a felony firearms charge.

If convicted, Brown faces life in prison.

Police say, Brown showed up at the party at Jones’ house and was confronted outside by Jones, who told Brown he wasn’t welcome at the home. Brown responded by pulling a handgun from his waistband, shooting and killing him, police said.

Deputies said the Inkster man began to run away from the scene when Brown fired at him, striking him twice. An unidentified person then opened fire, striking Brown once in the stomach, police said.

Jones was pronounced dead at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital 35 minutes after the shooting, while a friend took the Inkster man to the hospital, police said.

A friend was driving Brown to the hospital when the car they were in crashed on Interstate 94. He eventually made it to the hospital by ambulance, police said.

Kyle Feldscher covers cops and courts for He can be reached at or you can follow him on Twitter.


Monica R-W

Mon, Jan 23, 2012 : 9:19 a.m.

Quick correction please. This article should state February 26, 2011. It is a new year. Thanks!


Mon, Jan 23, 2012 : 8:12 a.m.

Who knows the whats or whys of this tragedy, but it looks like none of them were angles by any means. There's a reason why he was looking to badly injure the two guys. None of us have got the news from his side of the story. Everyone has their braking point, and mine is with my kid. If anyone was to hurt my kid I would probably loose it and go for it, but I have no idea where that breaking point is or what I would do if it were to happen. The two men may have did something real bad to him. I will never know even if he is really guilty until the trial is over.


Sun, Jan 22, 2012 : 11:34 p.m.

you people kill me with these one knows everything that transpired in result of this tragic incident..i hate when people form an opinion just because of what they heard from someone else who wasnt there!


Sun, Jan 22, 2012 : 9:24 p.m.

If convicted, Darnell Brown deserves to spend the rest of his life in Prison. He will have a roof over his head, fed and watered. I still think we need the death sentence in Michigan. I often wonder if the unidentified person that shot Brown was ever identified. I see Brown recovered and is well looking going into trial. I don't remember all, it has been almost 11 months since this crime happened. Good luck selecting for the jury!