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Posted on Sun, Oct 28, 2012 : 1:08 p.m.

January trial date set for brothers accused of abducting, shooting man

By Kyle Feldscher

The two brothers accused of abducting and shooting a man multiple times before leaving him on the side of a Superior Township road on Aug. 10 will stand trial in January.


Clinton Desir and Allan Tomlinson

Courtesy of the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office

Allan Tomlinson, 26, and Clinton Desir, 23, are accused of abducting Julien Butler from outside an Ypsilanti party store and holding him at gunpoint as they drove to a rural Superior Township road. According to testimony Butler gave at a preliminary exam, he was shot and left bleeding on the side of Old Ford Road as revenge for allegedly raping the mother of Desir’s child. Butler denied the accusation of raping the woman.

Tomlinson and Desir appeared in court Tuesday in front of Washtenaw County Trial Court Judge Donald Shelton. The two men will face trial at 8 a.m. Jan. 28.

A pretrial hearing was scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Nov. 27 for the two men to come back into court for more discussion on a possible resolution to the case. If that doesn’t occur, a final pretrial hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Jan. 15.

Desir is charged with assault with intent to murder, assault with intent to do bodily harm less than murder, three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, unlawful imprisonment, conspiracy to commit assault with intent to murder, conspiracy to commit assault with intent to do bodily harm less than murder, conspiracy to commit assault with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit unlawful imprisonment, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Tomlinson faces all those charges plus an added count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Tomlinson has a prior conviction for armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery in 2005. He served 6 1/2 years in prison for that conviction.

Butler said Tomlinson pointed a gun at him while Desir drove the vehicle and, at one point, Tomlinson put the gun under Butler’s nose for him to smell the gunpowder. Butler testified Tomlinson spoke on the phone with a woman and told her he was going to shoot Butler.

According to Butler’s testimony, the two men took Butler out of the vehicle and Tomlinson shot him repeatedly. Doctors told Butler he suffered 13 wounds, causing severe injuries to his hip, thigh, buttocks and testicles, he said. One of his hips had to be replaced and a prosthetic bone was put in his thigh to replace his shattered femur, he said. He was in the hospital for nearly two weeks.

Butler was tended to by passers-by who saw him laying on the side of the road, among them an off-duty paramedic.

Desir and Tomlinson are being held in the Washtenaw County Jail. Desir’s bond is $300,000 and Tomlinson is being held without bond. If convicted, both men face a maximum punishment of life in prison.

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


Superior Twp voter

Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 4:17 p.m.

MI Dept of Corrections inmate population up by two in January.


Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 12:40 p.m.

Has it been investigated if any rape charges have ever been filed against Butler? Not justifying any actions of the alleged assailants if so, just curious since he himself brought up the accusation.


Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 1:20 p.m.

Thanks for that follow up Kyle

Kyle Feldscher

Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 1:06 p.m.

kalamityjane - It has. I've checked out his records and there was a criminal sexual conduct case filed against him earlier this year but it was closed and he was not convicted of the charges. I have no idea if that is the case referenced in the accusation, but I looked into it.


Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 11:37 a.m.

The good news is that there not in melinda " slap on the wrist " morris's court...


Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 7:56 a.m.

The Boys of Summer: What Mr. Tomlinson and Mr. Desir did so blithely last August will come back like a cold ghost in January. Happy New Year, fellas! Remember to treat each day as The First Day of Your Life... in prison. :-)


Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 1:05 a.m.

Hey guys, bye bye. See ya in 40 or so.


Sun, Oct 28, 2012 : 11:21 p.m.

Sounds like a nice family to share a holiday dinner with.


Sun, Oct 28, 2012 : 8:21 p.m.

Do they offer assertiveness training at the county jail, or will these fellows have to wait?

Perry White

Sun, Oct 28, 2012 : 7:03 p.m.

"Butler was tended to by passers-by who saw him laying on the side of the road ..." Lying, not laying.

cruise king

Tue, Nov 6, 2012 : 4:12 a.m.

what do you mean lying was the man shot by those two brothers or not!!!!


Sun, Oct 28, 2012 : 5:52 p.m.

Well at least there's no bond for the recidivist for once....