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FOUR LANSING MEN CHARGED WITH DRUG TRAFFICKING CONSPIRACY AND HOMICIDE

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April 06, 2011

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN – Four Lansing men have been charged in connection with the July 23, 2010 slaying of a Lansing woman, U.S. Attorney Donald A. Davis announced today. The defendants, Mustafa Abdul-Qadir Al-Din, 23, Walee Abdulazeem Al-Din, 21, Demetris Martel Kline, 18, and Dion Marcell Lanier, 19, are named in a two-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Grand Rapids on March 30. The first criminal charge alleges that they formed a criminal conspiracy to obtain marijuana by robbery and then sell it for a profit. It further charges that on July 23, 2010, the members of the conspiracy planned and carried out a robbery at 619 Lenore Street, in Lansing, Michigan. Count 2 of the indictment charges the men with using a firearm during and in relation to their drug trafficking crime by shooting to death Shayla Johnson, 19, during the robbery.

The conspiracy charge carries a maximum term of imprisonment of five years. A person convicted of the homicide charge may be eligible for the death penalty or by imprisonment for any term of years or for life. Each count also carries a maximum fine of $250,000.

In 2010, the four men were charged in Ingham County Circuit Court by Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart J. Dunnings III. Those charges were dismissed on motion of the prosecutor on April 5. At their initial appearances before U.S. Magistrate Judge Hugh W. Brenneman, Jr. on April 6, the court addressed their requests for appointment of counsel and ordered them held pending their arraignments, pretrial conferences, and detention hearings, which are scheduled for Monday, April 11, at 10:00.

Trial of this case has been assigned to U.S. District Judge Robert J. Jonker. The case is being investigated by the Lansing office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Lansing Police Department. The prosecution is being conducted by Timothy VerHey and Brian K. Delaney, Assistant U.S. Attorneys. Catherine Emerson, Deputy Chief Assistant of the Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office, has been appointed as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney and will be assisting in the prosecution.

The charges against the defendants are only allegations. They are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.


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