Charges issued in Benton Harbor HS student’s death

Grady Manns photo WNDU 051316_214051

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (WOOD) –  A Benton Harbor High School student found dead just blocks away from the school was fatally shot, according to a newly released autopsy report.

Grady Manns, Jr., 18, had gotten into an argument hours before his body was found near the intersection of Empire Avenue and McAlister Street,  the Berrien County Prosecutor’s Office said in a news release Friday.

The prosecutor’s office said Manns was visiting a home in the 100 block of E. Empire around midnight when he got into an argument with 30-year-old Terrance Shelby, Jr., who lived at the home.

A neighbor heard a single gunshot in the alley area outside the home around midnight, the prosecutor’s office said.

Benton Harbor Deputy Director Mike Clark told WNDU a bus driver spotted Mann’s body around 7:15 a.m. about a block away from where the shooting was heard.

The Benton Harbor Public Safety Department said a suspect confessed to the murder of Grady Manns during an interview with detectives Thursday.

The prosecutor authorized charges against Shelby Friday.  He’s expected to be formally charged with open murder and felony firearm Monday.  Shelby remain in the Berrin County Jail.

Manns was a junior at Benton Harbor High School. Authorities said his murder was not related in any way to the school or issues that happened at the school. The Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety called the crime “an isolated incident.”

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